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

Published 03/31/2021, 4:42 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


Champions Los Angeles Lakers won their second successive game with a victory against the Magic. The Lakers now have a record 30 wins and 17 losses and are currently the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

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The Milwaukee Bucks meanwhile suffered yet another loss against the Clippers. The Bucks now have a record of 29 wins and 17 losses and are the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Lakers face off against the Bucks tonight at 9:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

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Milwaukee Bucks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Bucks suffered from their third successive loss against a Clippers side missing Paul George 129-106. It was a disappointing performance from the Bucks who were at their full strength. Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Mar 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson (3) during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks will be missing some players through injury. Both Rodney Kurucs and PJ Tucker are out against the Lakers. Backup big man Bobby Portis is also sidelined due to the league’s medical protocols.

The Bucks are facing off against a Lakers side who are missing two of their biggest superstars. This might be the perfect game for them to return to winning ways.

Probable Lineup

Donte DiVincenzo (G)

Jrue Holiday (G)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (F)

Khris Middleton (F)

Brook Lopez (C) 

Los Angeles Lakers injury updates and lineup prediction

After suffering from four consecutive losses, the Lakers have finally found some form with two victories in a row. In their latest game, the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 96-93.

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

The defending champions are plagued by injuries to multiple stars. Jared Dudley is out with a torn MCL. Anthony Davis is still recovering from a calf injury. Superstar LeBron James is out with a high ankle sprain and starter Wesley Matthews is sidelined with an ankle injury.

The Lakers will certainly be boosted with the debut of center Andre Drummond. If they can contain Giannis & Co. for their third victory in a row, it will be a big boost for the team’s morale.

Probable Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

Kyle Kuzma (F)

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Markieff Morris (F)

Andre Drummond (C)

Predictions

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The Bucks might be on a 3-game losing streak but have a healthy roster compared to the Lakers who are missing two superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis and thus Milwaukee are clearly the favorites to win the game.

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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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