Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Team News, Lineup, and Predictions

Published 02/16/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Feb 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves to the basket and scores during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. The Lakers have lost a little bit of their early season momentum. Currently, the Lakers have a 21-7 record, the second-best in the NBA. But much of their problems have started to surface, especially now with Anthony Davis being out for a significant period of time.

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The Timberwolves on the other hand have been extremely poor this year. They have the worst record in the NBA, despite having three top-3 draft picks in their team. While Anthony Edwards has performed well, the team has struggled with injuries to Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell.
With that in mind, let us take a look at the Lakers vs Timberwolves game.

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Los Angeles Lakers – Team News

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Feb 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) celebrate in the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Davis is out for the near future with a calf strain. He is set to be re-evaluated after the NBA All-Star game. Alex Caruso and LeBron James are still listed as day-to-day. However, given that LeBron James has played every game so far, and with Anthony Davis unavailable, ‘the King’ will be playing.
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Minnesota Timberwolves – Team News

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Dec 23, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) hugs guard D’Angelo Russell (0) following the game against the Detroit Pistons at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Timberwolves will be without former All-Star D’Angelo Russell against the Lakers. Jared Culver will also be unavailable for the game, with a recurring ankle injury. Karl-Anthony Towns has recovered from COVID-19, and will be on the court with number one draft pick Anthony Edwards.
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves – Prediction

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Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) high fives guard Dennis Schroder (17) and center Marc Gasol (14) during a time out against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
The Lakers are without Anthony Davis going into the game. But given how they have fared without AD prior in this season, they should be fine. They face the team with the worst record in the NBA. And with the Timberwolves missing key players like Russell and Culver, the Lakers should be able to get the win against them.
Prediction: The Los Angeles Lakers are able to get the win over Wolves without any major concern.

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Who will win between the Lakers and the Timberwolves? It will be an interesting game, with both teams missing significant players going into the game. But the Lakers have shown how important their depth has been to them this season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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