Will LeBron James & Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angels Lakers vs Utah Jazz: Predictions, Injury Updates & Lineup

Published 04/17/2021, 8:35 AM EDT
Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


After a comfortable victory against the Hornets, the Lakers suffered from yet another loss at the hands of the Celtics. The Lakers now have a record 34 wins and 22 losses and are currently the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

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Utah Jazz won their second game in a row as they won their latest game against the Pacers. The Jazz currently have the league-best record of 42 wins and 14 losses and are 1.5 games above the Suns in standings.

The Lakers face off against the Jazz tonight at 4:30 PM EST. Take a look at the injury updates and predictions for the same.

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Predictions

The Lakers are still missing some key players in this matchup. Utah will miss Mitchell, but given the form the rest of the roster is in, they are surely the favorites against the defending champions.

Utah Jazz injury updates and lineup prediction

After suffering from a disappointing loss at the hands of the Wizards, the Jazz have bounced back in some style. In their most recent game they defeated a resilient Pacers side 119-110. However, this victory came at a cost as talisman Donovan Mitchell suffered from an ankle sprain.

Apr 16, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) is helped off the court after suffering an apparent injury during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz will be missing multiple key players due to injuries. Rookie forward Elijah Hughes and center Udoka Azubuike are sidelined due to illness and an ankle injury, respectively. Guard Matt Thomas and forward Derrick Favors are also out against the Lakers.

The Jazz go up against a Lakers side who have been unpredictable, to say the least. Mitchell certainly will be a big miss considering the offensive output he adds to the team.

Probable Lineup

Mike Conley (G)

Joe Ingles (G)

Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

Royce O’Neale (F)

Rudy Gobert (C)

Los Angeles Lakers injury updates and lineup prediction

The Lakers lost their most recent game against the Eastern Conference juggernaut in the Boston Celtics, who beat them 121-113. Despite missing their superstars, players like Talen Horton-Tucker and Ben McLemore had great games scoring 19 and 17 points respectively, coming off of the bench.

Injuries have plagued the defending champions this year. Jared Dudley is out with a torn MCL. Anthony Davis is still recovering from a calf injury but is finally back to full-court practice and might suit up in a week. Superstar LeBron James is out with a high ankle sprain.

Apr 13, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) drives into Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) during the second quarter at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Even center Marc Gasol and forward Markieff Morris are also questionable as they recover from a finger injury and ankle injury, respectively. Andre Drummond is probable as he recovers from a toe injury.

The Lakers have to be at their best if they want a victory against the best team in the league in the Utah Jazz.

Probable Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

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Kyle Kuzma (F)

Markieff Morris (F)

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Who will win between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz? 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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