Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Return Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Injury Updates, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 03/26/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) wait to enter the game against the LA Clippers in the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers are scheduled to face each other. On one hand, the Lakers, who started the season with a bang have found themselves in a bit of a slump now. Since the All-Star game, they haven’t won important matches and have slipped down to the fourth spot in the Western Conference.

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On the other hand, there are the Cavs, a team that isn’t anywhere close to grabbing a spot in the playoffs. They are standing twelfth in the Eastern Conference with a terrible 17-27 record. However, with the Lakers running on fumes, the Cavaliers, on their best day, can give anyone a run for their money. So who is most likely to win this matchup?

Los Angeles Lakers: Injury updates and lineup prediction

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With a 28-17 record, the Lakers have sealed a spot in the postseason for themselves. However, maintaining their momentum has been a point of struggle for them. This has a lot to do with the star players, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, being sidelined because of injuries.

First, Davis fell to a calf injury, and ever since then, Bron had been the one carrying them on his shoulders. But after his ankle injury against the Atlanta Hawks, they haven’t been able to pick themselves up and get back to winning ways. Playing the Cavs, who are an average team, will be their shot to get back on track.

Mar 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) gets past Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) for a basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Without their star duo, Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Marc Gasol are their only hope. Schroder was the lead scorer in their last matchup against the 76ers. But they need to work on not turning over the ball so much. There is no set timeline for Bron and Davis’ return. Until then, the Lakers will have to do without them.

With that, the predicted lineup would be Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris, Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Marc Gasol.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Cavaliers are entering this matchup with a win in their last game against the Chicago Bulls. What makes this loss for the Bulls more grotesque is that the Cavs were actually without their lead scorer, Collin Sexton, in this game.

The Bulls showed no energy and were all over the place, and it looked like they did not even challenge the Cavaliers. The Cavs ended up taking a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, and it was game over.

Without Sexton, it was Darius Garland who took charge and finished the night with 22 points under his pocket. The rest of the support came from Jarrett Allen, who added 19 points to the scoreboard. There is no update on Sexton’s return, which means he might be out for this game too.

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Mar 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) during the fourth quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Isaiah Hartenstein has been traded and Andre Drummond remains out too, the predicted lineup would be Isaac Okoro, Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, Cedi Osman, and Larry Nance Jr.

Game prediction

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The Lakers are the favorites to win this game. There is only so much the Cavs can do to stop the reigning champions from getting this victory. But without AD and Bron, this won’t be as easy.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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