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

Published 05/02/2021, 8:44 PM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers’ disappointing form continued as they lost their second game in a row with a loss against the Kings. With their latest loss, the Lakers have now dropped to the sixth spot in the Western Conference and have a record of 36 wins and 27 losses.

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Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, continued their winless run to three successive games with a loss at the hands of the Jazz. They now have a record of 26 wins and 38 losses and are the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Lakers face off against the Raptors tonight at 10:00 PM EST. Take a look at the probable lineups and the predictions ahead of the game.

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Predictions

The Los Angeles Lakers might be suffering from a slump right now but have the quality to instantly get back to winning ways with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Given the quality of both the teams, the champions surely have an edge in this matchup.

Los Angeles Lakers: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Lakers had a rather lackluster performance against a short-handed Kings side who beat them 110-106. While ‘King James’ would have loved a victory in his return, the 36-year-old rather looked sharp in his return with a 16 point performance with 7 assists and 8 rebounds.

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 Lakers have some minor injury concerns against the Raptors. Guard Alex Caruso is questionable as he recovers from a back injury, while veteran Jared Dudley is out indefinitely with a knee problem. LeBron James is also questionable due to an ankle injury.

The Lakers need to get back to winning ways, and with Bron and AD both back from injuries, a win against the Raptors might be a much-needed confidence booster for the team.

Probable Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

LeBron James (F)

Anthony Davis (F)

Andre Drummond (C)

Toronto Raptors injury updates and lineup prediction

After finding some form, the Raptors are back in the trenches with four losses in their last five games. They lost their most recent game against a Jazz side riddled by injuries who defeated them 106-102.

Apr 26, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Brodric Thomas (33) guards Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) in the fourth quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Raptors have some major injury concerns against the Lakers. Center Chris Boucher is sidelined with a knee injury, guard Paul Watson is out with a knee injury while Gary Trent Jr. is recovering from a leg injury and has thus been left out of the roster.

The Raptors are in terrible form currently, but given the form of their opponents, Toronto can pull off a surprise victory against the Lakers.

Probable Lineup

Kyle Lowry (G)

Fred VanVleet (G)

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Pascal Siakam (F)

OG Anunoby (F)

Khem Birch (C)

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

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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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