Will LeBron James & Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 04/28/2021, 11:18 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 Lakers overcame their three game losing streak with a win against the Orlando Magic. With their latest win, the Lakers now have a record of 36 wins and 25 losses and are the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

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Washington Wizards, meanwhile, lost their most recent game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Wizards now are the tenth seed with the record of 27 wins and 34 losses and are only a game away from dropping to the 11th seed in the East.

The Lakers face off against the Wizards tonight at 7:30 PM EST. Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and the predictions ahead of the game.

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Predictions

The Wizards are in red-hot form going into their matchup against the Lakers. Given that the champions are not in good health and the impressive form of the Wizards, Washington surely have an edge over the Lakers in this matchup.

Los Angeles Lakers: Injury updates and lineup prediction

After losing three games in a row, the Lakers finally won their first game post Anthony Davis’ return with a 114-103 victory against the Orlando Magic. While the win was encouraging for the Lakers, the increased minutes for Davis who played 31 minutes in this game.

Apr 24, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The defending champions will be missing some key players in this matchup. Veteran Jared Dudley is sidelined with a torn MCL, LeBron James is still out and might be a week or two away from making his return to the lineup.

Guard Alex Caruso is questionable as he recovers from a back injury, while AD is probable as he took a knock to his calf in their last game. The Lakers will look to build on this win and build a gap from the resurgent Mavericks, but face a stern task ahead of them in the in-form Wizards.

Probable Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

Kyle Kuzma (F)

Anthony Davis (F)

Washington Wizards: Injury update and lineup prediction

The Wizards couldn’t extend their winning run to nine games as they faltered to the Spurs in overtime, who defeated them 146-143. The Wizards are in blazing form right now, with eight wins in their last ten.

Apr 17, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) celebrates with Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) after a call against the Detroit Pistons during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook and Co. will miss three key players due to some injury concerns. Center Thomas Bryant is out for the season with a torn ACL. Rookie Deni Avdija is sidelined for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, while veteran Robin Lopez is probable as he recovers from an ankle problem of his own.

The Wizards face a rather depleted Lakers side in this matchup and will look to come back to winning ways and cement their spot in the play-in tournament.

Probable Lineup

Russell Westbrook (G)

Raul Neto (G)

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Bradley Beal (G)

Rui Hachimura (F)

Alex Len (C)

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Who will win between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Wizards? 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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