Is Anthony Davis playing tonight against the Dallas Mavericks on March 17th, 2023?

Anthony Davis (right foot stress injury) is expected to play against the Mavericks after missing the Rockets game on Wednesday. The injury report lists him as probable to return.

Anthony Davis in a file photo. (Image credits: twitter)
By Blesson Daniel | Mar 17, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

When the Los Angeles Lakers meet the Dallas Mavericks at Arena tomorrow, will they be able to use their greatest defender and second-highest scorer? With LeBron James on the sidelines, it’s been a big question. According to the reports, the probability is low, but there is also a chance he may play. Since being injured for LA’s most recent game, a sad 114-110 loss to the 17-52 Houston Rockets, Davis’ status has improved, moving from being sidelined to “probable” for Friday.

Los Angeles head coach Darvin Ham confirmed that, as part of the team’s rehabilitation approach for the 6’10” big man’s right foot stress response, Davis would continue to sit for at least one night in the club’s back-to-back game sets. The good news is that there is only one of those remaining on the schedule this season: on April 4th, Los Angeles will face the Utah Jazz, while on April 5th, the Clippers will “host” the Lakers in another Battle of LA.

Davis has been his usual monstrous self when healthy. The eight-time All-Star big is averaging 26.1 points on.561/.269/.805 shooting splits, 12.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.1 blocks per game in 44 healthy games. He’d be nearly too much for Dallas’ front line to handle.

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Anthony Davis might play against The Mavs

All indications are that Anthony Davis will be available for Friday’s game. Davis has been officially designated as likely to play by the Lakers, which indicates that, barring any unforeseen setbacks, he should be ready to go against Dallas. It’s worth remembering that the Lakers’ game against Houston on Wednesday was the second night of a back-to-back set, and their choice to have AD sit out was purely for rest concerns. On Friday, he should be back in the starting lineup.

For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic has already been ruled out against the Lakers. Despite being a full participant in practice on Thursday, Luka will miss his fourth consecutive game. Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, is uncertain to play and will be aiming to make his first appearance after a three-game injury layoff. Both teams have a lot riding on Friday’s game, with the eighth-seeded Mavs only one game ahead of the Lakers, who now hold the conference’s 10th and final Play-In place.

LA Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks means business

The Los Angeles Lakers will play the Dallas Mavericks on Friday after making a brief road trip. The Lakers lost to the now 17-52 Houston Rockets by a score of 114-110 in their previous matchup, which was one of their more discouraging defeats of the season. If Anthony Davis had been there, the Rockets would have won easily, especially given that the Rockets outscored the Lakers 78 to 46 in the paint, where Davis could have undoubtedly been of assistance.

Sadly, the Lakers’ squad and medical staff concluded that Davis would miss half of all back-to-backs for the remainder of the season when he returned. The Lakers do have one last back-to-back, which will include their third and fourth-to-last games of the season on April 4 and 5. This might prove to be an intriguing situation for the squad.

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