Will LeBron James Play Tonight? Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 01/25/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball upcourt against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers had a fantastic win against the Bulls as they defeated them 101-90. With this win, they have extended their away record to 8 wins and no losses. They will look to maintain this impeccable away run in their next game.


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The Cavaliers, meanwhile, suffered from a crushing loss at the hands of the Celtics as they were defeated 141-103. Despite the loss, the Cavs have held on to their playoff spot and will be eager to make a comeback in the nest game.

The Lakers face off against the Cavs tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.


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Los Angeles Lakers injury updates and lineup prediction

The Los Angeles Lakers have looked unstoppable lately. After a disappointing loss to the Warriors, they made an incredible comeback with two dominant victories against the Bucks and the Bulls.

Superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis have stepped up big time for the team. Both of them have put up a 34 and 37  point performances against the Bucks and the Bulls, respectively.

Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and teammates react during the fourth quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The champions have some minor injury concerns for their upcoming game. Forwards Jared Dudley and Kostas Antetokounmpo are sidelined with a calf and knee injury, respectively.

The Lakers will look to maintain their splendid away run of form against the Cavs in their next game.

Probable Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

LeBron James (F)

Anthony Davis (F)

Marc Gasol (C)

Cleveland Cavaliers injury updates and lineup prediction

After two fantastic victories against the Brooklyn Nets, the Cavaliers suffered from a disastrous 38 point loss against the Celtics. Much of it was because coach Bickerstaff played their rotational players multiple minutes and used the starters for an average of about 15 minutes.

Jan 24, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Taurean Prince (12) charges into Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the loss, they still find themselves in the sixth playoff spot. The Cavaliers have some injury concerns as their forward Kevin Love is sidelined with a calf injury. Their veteran guard Matthew Dellavedova is also out against the Lakers with a back injury.

The Cavs face a Western Conference juggernaut and the champions Los Angeles Lakers, and will need a special performance if they want to win.

Probable Lineup

Collin Sexton (G)

Darius Garland (G)

Larry Nance Jr. (F)


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Cedi Osman (F)

Andre Drummond (C)



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The Lakers have looked unstoppable with 8 wins in their last 10 games. With such a deep roster as their disposal, the Lakers haven’t been overly reliant on their superstars. Given the form and the personnel they have, they will have a comfortable win against the Cavaliers.

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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.