Will LeBron James and Steph Curry Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 02/28/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors in an exciting clash in the West. The last time these two teams faced, the Warriors came up victorious thanks to a Steph Curry masterclass. Currently, the Warriors are on a three-game winning streak and have a 19-15 record in the West, and Steph Curry has been playing at an MVP level this season.

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The Lakers, on the other hand, just snapped a four-game losing streak this Friday against the Trail Blazers. Dennis Schroder’s return galvanized the team, as they went on to get the win against an important conference rival. LeBron James continues to play at an MVP level, despite the absence of Anthony Davis. The Lakers will hope to continue their momentum into the All-Star break.

With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about the Lakers hosting the Warriors.

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Los Angeles Lakers – Team News

The Lakers will still be without Anthony Davis. Davis is suffering from a calf strain and will be out at least till after the All-Star break. The Lakers are taking no risk with AD’s injury, and want him back fully fit, even if it takes longer. LeBron James is probable for the game against the Warriors and could play, before possibly taking a rest from the final two games before All-Star week.

Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball up court as Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) defends during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Golden State Warriors – Team News

The Warriors will be without Marquese Chriss, who is out with a leg injury. Of course, Klay Thompson is still out for the rest of the season with an Achilles’ tear that happened before the season started. Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and James Wiseman are all fit and will be taking the court Sunday night.

Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) tries to knock the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors – Prediction

The Lakers have just broken their slump after their win over Portland, whereas the Warriors have finally won three games back-to-back this season. It appears as though Steve Kerr has found something of a winning formula, and it could come in handy against the Lakers. Given how their last encounter went, the Warriors have a slight edge, especially with the Lakers not having AD.

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Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is sandwiched between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Prediction: The Warriors win against the Lakers after Steph Curry puts on another show.

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Who will win between the Lakers and the Warriors? It will be an exciting game to watch, with two of the NBA’s all-time greats renewing their rivalry once again. LeBron James and Steph Curry had one of the most iconic rivalries in the NBA for a few years, and now fans will get to see that spark again. The two consistently bring out the best in each other.

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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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