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

Published 01/23/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Jan 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves to the basket against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers continue their away game run as they travel to the Windy City tonight. They take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center at 9 pm EST.

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The Lakers are coming off a statement win against the Bucks, after losing surprisingly to the Warriors in their previous game. It was a much-needed win for them, as they reminded the league that they are still the favorites. The Bulls are playing a back-to-back game tonight. But they come in good spirits after beating the Hornets last night.

Los Angeles Lakers expected lineup

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Kostas Antetokounmpo (knee) and Jared Dudley (calf) will continue to stay on the sidelines for the Lakers. Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are also listed as questionable, but they should be able to return in time.

Jan 21, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) is defended by Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

So their lineup will feature Dennis Schroder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as their guards, LeBron James and Anthony Davis as the forwards, and Marc Gasol as the center.

Chicago Bulls expected lineup

Wendell Carter Jr (thigh) missed their last game, but he could return to face the Lakers tonight. Adam Mokoka (concussion) has also been listed as questionable for the Bulls.

Jan 22, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) drives from the top of the key with help from forward Thaddeus Young (21) on Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham (4) during the second half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

So the Bulls will start with Coby White and Zach LaVine as their guards, Patrick Williams and Lauri Markkanen as their forwards, and Wendel Carter Jr as their center.

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Predictions

The Lakers played hosts when these two teams met earlier in the season. The Bulls gave them a scare, but the Lakers managed to squeak out a two-point win. They were poor defensively all night, but their exceptional offense came to their rescue.

Since then, the Lakers have grown stronger defensively, while maintaining their offensive brilliance. That combined with their stunning 8-0 away record makes them the favorites to win tonight. They will have to be wary of the Bulls who are on a good run as well.

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The Bulls defense has been lackluster and their offensive is bailing them, so if the Lakers can stay strong defensively, they should be able to cruise to a win. It will take them to a 13-4 record and will give them a boost as they face the in-form Cavs in their next game.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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