Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 04/02/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are not in an ideal position at the moment. A string of injuries has deterred the team’s confidence and the Lakers are 2-3 in the last five games. As for their upcoming regular-season fixture, the defending champions take on the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

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Arena: Golden 1 Center

Time: 10:00 PM ET (April 2, 2021) 

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This will be the second regular-season meeting between the Lakers and the Kings in the 2020-21 NBA regular season. Sacramento can boast about clinching victory in the first encounter, but the upcoming fixture is crucial for both teams. 

Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers: Injury Updates and Lineups

Kings

The Kings are unbeaten in their last five games at home. They have the reigning champions visiting them next, and their streak is on the line. So far, the Kings have amassed a 4-4 record against Pacific division opponents, and the upcoming fixture will break the tie in their even record. 

De’Aaron Fox has been Sacramento’s best performer, and he’s averaging 24.7 points and 7.2 assists per game this season. Buddy Hield has been excellent from the deep and has been shooting nearly 45% from the field in his last ten games

The Kings will likely play without Hassan Whiteside (knee) as he is listed questionable for the Lakers game. Additionally, Marvin Bagley III will be unavailable too. 

Mar 31, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; A general overall view of the opening tip-off between Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) and Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Possible Lineup

De’Aaron Fox (G)

Tyrese Haliburton (G) 

Buddy Hield (F) 

Harrison Barnes (F) 

Richaun Holmes (C) 

Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are in dire straits at the moment. The team is visibly struggling due to the extended absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

The Lakers are 5-5 in their last ten games, averaging 107.4 points, 44.3 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 8.1 steals, and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Jared Dudley are confirmed to miss the game due to injuries. Moreover, Andre Drummond and Wesley Matthews are likely to join the trio as they both are placed on the day-to-day list. 

Possible Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G) 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G) 

Kyle Kuzma (F) 

Markieff Morris (F)

Marc Gasol (C) 

Prediction

If things go well from the tip-off, the Lakers have a better chance of winning against the Kings. However, it is quite an even game on paper considering the Los Angeles Lakers won’t have two of their best players on the court. 

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The Kings’ vibrant lineup has been successful in getting them crucial wins this season, and they have every chance of getting past the Lakers once again. 

Jan 8, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) drives to the basket past Toronto Raptors guard Malachi Flynn (8) during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

However, the reason why we’re predicting that the Lakers will win on Friday is because of the Kings’ ineffective defense. The Kings have the worst defensive rating in the league, and this is where the Lakers can exploit them and win the game! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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