Will LeBron James and Joel Embiid Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/25/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle (22) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight in an inter-conference battle. The Los Angeles Lakers are in a period of struggle right now. On Sunday, the franchise lost LeBron James to injury. This adds to their injury woes, as even Anthony Davis is out, healing from a calf strain, and the Lakers should worry about losing their top-three seed.

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The Philadelphia 76ers, on the other hand, have managed to keep their top spot in the East. Despite Joel Embiid’s knee injury, Doc Rivers and the 76ers have been able to get wins whenever they need. Ben Simmons has been playing fantastic basketball and is an early contender to win Defensive Player of the Year.

Los Angeles Lakers – Team News

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been severely hamstrung with injuries. LeBron James and Anthony Davis will not be playing, as they continue with their respective recoveries. Marc Gasol is also out for the game, as he continues to improve his condition. Jared Dudley also remains out, with a major knee injury that could require surgery.

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Predicted Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris, Damian Jones

Philadelphia 76ers – Team News

The 76ers also have major injuries to notable stars. Joel Embiid remains out, as he is still nursing the knee injury he sustained. Danny Green and Seth Curry have been listed as questionable for the game against the Lakers. Doc Rivers will have to make some big decisions going into the game tonight.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Predicted Lineup: Ben Simmons, Furkan Korkmaz, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Tony Bradley

Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers – Prediction

The Lakers have been struggling since LeBron James went down. Without either James or Davis in the line-up, the bench and role players for the Lakers haven’t found a winning formula. The 76ers, however, have been able to sustain form despite their major absences. So expect the 76ers to notch an important win on the road over a potential contender.

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Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and guard Ben Simmons (25) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) compete for a loose ball during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Prediction – The 76ers make quick work of a struggling Lakers team as they continue to dominate the East

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Who do you think will come away with the win between the Lakers and the 76er?

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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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