Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Play Tonight? New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers: Injury News, Lineup, and Prediction

Published 01/15/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) tosses powder in the air before a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight in a Western Conference clash. Anthony Davis will be playing against his former team. Both he and LeBron James have been in good form, as they’ve led the Lakers to the best record in the NBA at 10-3.

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The Pelicans, on the other hand, have fallen off from their strong start to the season. The Pelicans currently have a 4-6 record and are on a four-game losing streak. However, the team does have a lot of potential with the young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Zion Williamson. If those three players perform well, they will provide a tough challenge for the Lakers.

With that in mind, take a look at the Lakers game against the Pelicans.

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Los Angeles Lakers – Team News

Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers will be without Wesley Matthews and Jared Dudley. While Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James are listed as questionable, they played their previous two games and can be expected to play once again. Another player that is unavailable is Kostas Antetokounmpo.

The Lakers will be mostly at full strength.

Predicted Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol

New Orleans Pelicans – Team News

Dec 23, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) moves to the basket as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) defends during the second quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans are a little more hamstrung going into the game. While Zion Williamson will be back for the game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Eric Bledsoe is listed as questionable. Lonzo Ball is out for the game as well. However, Brandon Ingram and Steven Adams are ready to go.

Predicted Line-up: Josh Hart, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Steven Adams

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers

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Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have been on a solid run so far, winning 10 of their first 13 games while the Pelicans have lost most of their early-season momentum. However, the Pelicans will have Zion Williamson back. Williamson is a beast on the court, and he can do whatever he wants when he plays. Can he lead them to a win to break the losing streak?

Prediction: The Pelicans upset the Lakers, thanks to Williamson and Ingram playing great basketball.

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Who will win the game between the Lakers and the Pelicans? With LeBron James and Zion Williamson on the court, fans could see the young prodigy usurp the King.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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