Will LeBron James Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Atlanta Hawks: Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/20/2021, 12:06 PM EDT
Mar 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth game in a row with a terrific win against the Charlotte Hornets. They now have a record of 28 wins and 13 losses and are the second seed in the Western Conference.

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Atlanta Hawks also continued their fabulous run of form with their seventh victory in a row as they beat Oklahoma City Thunder. They now have a record of 21 wins and 20 losses and are the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Lakers face off against the Hawks tonight at 2:30 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

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Atlanta Hawks injury updates and lineup prediction

After a pretty slow start to the season, the Atlanta Hawks are on a roll right now with seven wins in a row. They defeated the Thunder 116-93 and are currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawks will miss some key players against the Lakers. New signing, Kris Dunn is out due to an ankle injury. Starter De’Andre Hunter is recovering from a knee injury, while Cam Reddish is out with an Achilles injury. Rotational center Nathan Knight is also out with an ankle injury.

The Hawks are about to enter a tough run of fixtures on the road. A win against the champions Lakers might be a big boost for the team.

Probable Lineup

Trae Young (G)

Kevin Huerter (G)

Tony Snell (F)

John Collins (F)

Clint Capela (C)

Los Angeles Lakers injury updates and lineup prediction

The Lakers continued their fantastic start to the second half of the season with their fourth victory in a row as they defeated a young Hornets team 116-105. Their resurgence of form has seen them take the second position in the Western Conference.

Feb 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington (23) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The defending champions will miss two players through injuries. Jared Dudley is out with a torn MCL. Anthony Davis has been ruled out as he recovers from a calf injury.

The Lakers face an Atlanta Hawks team who are coming off of a seven game winning streak. They have to be at their best if they want to defeat the resurgent Hawks.

Probable Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

LeBron James (F)

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Markieff Morris (F)

Damian Jones (C)

Predictions

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While both the teams are in great form coming into this game, the Lakers have a much better roster and a leader like LeBron James. Given the form LeBron is in and the quality of the other stars in the side, the Lakers have a slight edge over the Hawks.

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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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