Will LeBron James Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

March 4, 2021 12:30 am

The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings tonight in their final game before the All-Star break. They will hope to bounce back from last night’s defeat to the Suns, which saw them slip to third in the Western Conference. The Kings are playing the first game of a back-to-back and are desperate for a win.

Date & Time: March 3, 2021, 10:00pm ET

Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

Preview | Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers had just found momentum with two wins in a row, but failed to beat the Suns last night. LeBron James scored 38 points, but a lack of support from the rest cost them the game.

Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

After playing every single game so far, LeBron is finally going to sit out for the Kings game. He deserves the rest after carrying the team in Anthony Davis‘ absence. Alex Caruso, Kyle Kuzma, and Marc Gasol are listed as questionable. The Lakers will be desperate for them to return since they need all the help they can get in LeBron’s absence.

Starting 5 for the Lakers

Guard – Dennis Schroder 

Guard – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Forward – Kyle Kuzma

Forward – Markieff Morris

Center – Marc Gasol

Preview | Sacramento Kings

The Kings are undergoing an abysmal run currently. Sloppy play in their last game against the Hornets gave their 10th loss in 11 games. After being 12-11 in early February with a chance of making the playoffs, they are now 13-21 and the playoffs look a faraway dream now.

Feb 18, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) and guard Cory Joseph (9) and guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) and guard De’Aaron Fox (5) walk onto the court during the third quarter against the Miami Heat at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

To add to their problems, rookie Tyrese Haliburton (calf) is out until the All-Star break. There are a few more absentees with Chimezie Metu (wrist), Hassan Whiteside (health and safety protocols), Robert Woodard II (hamstring) all out as well. Buddy Hield is also questionable but is likely to return.

Starting 5 for the Kings

Guard – De’Aaron Fox

Guard – Buddy Hield

Forward – Harrison Barnes

Forward – Marvin Bagley III

Center – Richaun Holmes

Predictions | Lakers vs Kings

Since the start of last season, the Lakers have played just one game without LeBron and AD. They cruised to a win over the Thunder with Kuzma starring. They needed a big team effort in that game, and they need something similar tonight. Their supporting cast has been inconsistent so far, and if they show up, they can beat their struggling opponents.

The Kings will be relying on a masterclass from Fox, but their chances look bleak. A close encounter is likely on the cards, but the Lakers should be able to get the win.

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Aaron Mathew

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. He has also volunteered for organisations such as 'AkshayaShakti Welfare Association' and 'Reviving The Rivers'. His favorite player is, and will always remain, Kobe Bryant.

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