LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will be playing against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. As many fans should be aware, King James is currently in Year 21 and arguably still the best player on the Los Angeles Lakers, at least on a consistent basis.
Thanks to LeBron’s high level of play to start off the 2023-2024 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers currently hold a record of 10 wins and 7 losses. That gives them the 7th position in a competitive Western Conference.
Much like LeBron, Joel Embiid has been playing at an MVP-caliber level and is arguably the main reason that the Philadelphia 76ers have a record of 11 wins and 5 losses.
As the Lakers and 76ers get ready to face off, fans must undoubtedly want to know more about the injury reports and expected starting lineups. After all, that will help in the formation of a prediction for this game.
LeBron James is listed as questionable for the Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers game tonight
Although LeBron has been listed on the injury reports as questionable over the past several games, he has not really missed any significant time for the Lakers so far. According to the reports, King James is still dealing with a calf injury that he presumably sustained in a game against Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns.
While he is expected to be on the court for this game, LeBron might not be at his best. If that is the case, the rest of the Lakers will have to step up to the occasion and get this win. With that being said, here are the complete injury reports and expected starting lineups for both sides.
Los Angeles Lakers injury report
- Gabe Vincent (out)
- Rui Hachimura (out)
- Jarred Vanderbilt (out)
- Anthony Davis (probable)
- LeBron James (questionable)
- Cam Reddish (questionable)
Los Angeles Lakers expected starting lineup
- D’Angelo Russell
- Austin Reaves
- Taurean Prince
- LeBron James
- Anthony Davis
Philadelphia 76ers injury report
- Kelly Oubre Jr. (out)
- Danuel Hours Jr. (questionable)
- Jaden Springer (questionable)
Philadelphia 76ers expected starting lineup
- Tyrese Maxey
- De’Anthony Melton
- Tobias Harris
- Nicholas Batum
- Joel Embiid
Although both LeBron and AD are listed on the injury report, they are still expected to play tonight. However, there is no denying that the Lakers are dealing with a far greater amount of injuries when compared to the 76ers. Now, let us take a look at the predictions for this game.
The 76ers are slightly favored over the Lakers tonight
Considering that the majority of the Lakers roster looks compromised for this game, we do not see them beating the 76ers. After all, Philadelphia holds a better record. More importantly, Tyrese Maxey has taken a step forward in James Harden’s exit. He and Embiid might just be able to outscore a compromised LeBron and AD tonight.
King James has already admitted to playing through injury, which is slightly concerning since we are just around 16 games into the 82-game NBA season. We hope that he has been rehabilitating on the sidelines and is able to put up a good fight against Embiid and the 76ers. That is the only way for the Lakers to win this game despite not being expected to do so at the moment.