Will LeBron James & Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers: Predictions, Injury Updates, and Lineups

Published 05/15/2021, 11:57 AM EDT
Apr 22, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (23) speaks with teammates during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The defending champions Los Angeles Lakers face off against a Houston Rockets side who have been ravaged by multiple injuries, tonight at 9:00 AM EST.

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Despite missing superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James from their lineup, the Lakers pulled off a close victory against the depleted Houston Rockets side 124-122. Sophomore Talen Horton-Tucker, who hit the game winner against the Knicks, continued his fantastic form with a great double double of 23 points and 10 assists against the Rockets.

With their two remaining games, stakes are pretty high for the Lakers. They will hope to win their remaining games, and hope that the Blazers lose their last game and possibly drop to the seventh seed.

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The Indiana Pacers were outplayed in their most recent game against the Bucks. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a show against the Pacers as he scored 40 points with 15 rebounds in a 142-133 loss for the Pacers. Indiana are now tied with Charlotte with an overall record of 33 wins and 37 losses and if they can pull off an upset in their next game, the Pacers might leapfrog the Hornets for the eighth spot in the East.

Predictions

The Lakers are finally getting back at full health and might see the return of three of their starters in Dennis Schroder, LeBron James and Anthony Davis back into the lineup. Given the form their role players are in and the probable return of LBJ and AD, the Lakers surely have an edge over the Pacers in this match-up.

Los Angeles Lakers: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Lakers might miss multiple players through injuries. Dennis Schroder is questionable as he is adhering to the league’s health and safety protocols, while veteran Jared Dudley is sidelined indefinitely with a knee problem.

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 | Courtesy: Reuters

Guard Alex Caruso is also questionable as he recovers from a foot injury, while forward Anthony Davis is questionable. Even LeBron James and Alfonso McKinnie are questionable against the Pacers. Marc Gasol and Kyle Kuzma are most likely to feature against the Pacers.

The Lakers will hope that they can win their remaining games and keep up the pressure against Blazers.

Probable Lineups

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

Kyle Kuzma (F)

LeBron James (F)

Andre Drummond (C)

Indiana Pacers injury updates and lineup prediction

The Pacers have some major injury concerns ahead of their game against the Lakers. TJ Warren and Aaron Holiday are sidelined against the champions. Center Myles Turner is out with a toe injury.

Mar 15, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren with center Myles Turner (33) and guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) and guard Caris LeVert (22) and forward Domantas Sabonis (11) and guard Aaron Holiday (3) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Guards Jeremy Lamb, Malcolm Brogdon, and Edmond Sumner are sidelined while superstars Caris LeVert and Domantas Sabonis are questionable against the Lakers.

The Pacers are in the play-in tournament and are tied with the Hornets with a 33-37 record. Given the injury woes Hornets have, if the Pacers win their remaining games, they can take the eighth seed.

Probable Lineup

T.J. McConnell (G)

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Caris LeVert (G)

Justin Holiday (F)

Oshae Brisset (F)

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Domantas Sabonis (C)

Who will win between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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