Will LeBron James & Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets: Prediction, Injury Update, & Lineups

Published 05/03/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) guards in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


In the sporting world, there have been times when a team has found beauty in adversity. The case of Denver Nuggets signals towards the same because they’ve only gotten better after losing Jamal Murray. On the contrary, the Lakers have performed below expectations even as Anthony Davis joined last week.

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The unforgiving WC has rewarded the brave and punished the underperformer in a way that the rankings best reveal. The Nuggets are ruling at #3 while the Lake Show is down at #6, gasping for breath. So what are the odds that the defending champions can become that Orlando bubble team and repeat the glory tonight?

Lakers vs Nuggets: Injury updates and Lineup prediction

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Nuggets’ Jamal Murray against the Lakers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

For the Nuggets, Jamal Murray lost his seat for the season after tearing his ACL. As another blow to the squad, point guard Monte Morris (hamstring) will stay out after already missing eight straight games. Will Barton (Hamstring), another addition to the list, is also sitting out against the Lakers, while Zeke Nnaji will be a day-to-day decision. 

Probable line up: Michael Porter Jr. (F), Aaron Gordon (F), Nikola Jokic (C), PJ Dozier (G), and Facundo Campazzo (G)

For the Lakers, finally, after 1.5 months, their injury list is clean as a slate. They have small forward Jared Dudley (Knee) on the list since March 17. As a new addition, Dennis Schroder (calf) might miss the game against the Nuggets.

Possible line-up: Anthony Davis (F), LeBron James (F), Andre Drummond (C), Wesley Matthews (G), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G)

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Who wins?

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The Nuggets are 9-1 in the last ten games that they played without their second-best offensive player Jamal Murray. In the star’s absence, Michael Porter has uplifted his game to the next level.

Playing in his sophomore year, the star is averaging 18.9 points, 7.6 boards, and 1.1 assists. He has been a great complimentary hand to center Nikola Jokic. Then, their hiring from Orlando Magic, Aaron Gordon, is also averaging in double figures with an FG% of 51.9. The MVP favorite in Joker already adds enough winning potential to the team.

The Lakers are still catching up with their lost form, as they must fine-tune themselves to become that champion side. Though there is no time restriction on LeBron James, his comment suggesting that he will never again be 100% fit is alarming. Also, Anthony Davis is far from the player he was in the preceding season and that is harming the Lake Show. Add a struggling Marc Gasol and the unit is yet to get their acts straight.

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After the Lakers’ defeat against the Raptors in their recent game, we predict a win for the Nuggets by a close margin.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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