Will LeBron James Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/27/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers had a fantastic win against the Cavaliers as they defeated them 113-105. With this win, they have extended their away record to 10 wins and no losses. They will look to maintain this impeccable away run in their next game.


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The 76ers, meanwhile, suffered their sixth loss of their season as they were defeated by the Pistons 119-104. With their superstar Joel Embiid missing, their other stars did not step up against the Pistons. They will look to make a strong comeback in their next game.

The Lakers face off against the Pistons tonight at 7:30 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 continued their flawless away run with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They now have the best record in the NBA, with an overall record of 14 wins and 4 losses.

Their talisman, LeBron James, had arguably his best game of the season against the Cavs as he scored a staggering 46 points and was efficient from the field as well as scoring 19 out of 26 shots.

Jan 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) hangar in the air under the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) defends during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. At lest is Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0). Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

They do not have any major injury concerns for their upcoming game. But forwards Jared Dudley and Kostas Antetokounmpo are sidelined with calf and knee injuries, respectively.

The Lakers will hope that they can continue their splendid away run against an Eastern Conference juggernaut in Philadelphia 76ers.

Probable Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

LeBron James (F)

Anthony Davis (F)

Marc Gasol (C)

Philadelphia 76ers injury updates and lineup prediction

Philadelphia 76ers’ struggles continued without Joel Embiid. This season, they have all the four games they have played without the Cameroonian. With young star Ben Simmons not stepping up, they have become overly reliant on Embiid.

The 7’1″ center has stepped up to the task so far. In the 14 games he has played, Embiid has averaged MVP like numbers, averaging 27.7 points, 2.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per game.

Jan 22, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates after making a three point shot against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The 76ers have some minor injury concerns. Forward Mike Scott has been sidelined with a knee injury and center Vincent Poirier is also out due to the health and safety protocols.

The 76ers will hope that their talismanic center can put up a show against the champions.

Probable Lineup

Ben Simmons (G)

Seth Curry (G)

Tobias Harris (F)


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Danny Green (F)

Joel Embiid (C)



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The Lakers face their biggest test so far against the 76ers. With all their new moves they have become one of the deepest sides in the league, but with the lack of size, they haven’t been that dominant in the paint. All of it will come down to how they handle the explosive Embiid. Given the form Lakers are in going into the game, they have a slight edge over the Sixers.


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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