The preseason concludes for Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks as both the side look for the best possible combination ahead of the 2019-20 NBA regular season.
Both teams have made significant changes to their rosters in the off-season. Clippers went as far as signing the superstar was concerned after adding last season's NBA finals hero Kawhi Leonard and the All-Star Paul George to their roster.
Dallas Mavericks may have failed to sign a big name in free agency, but they have brought in Kristaps Porzingis to play alongside Luka Doncic. The pair will be the one worth keeping an eye on this season. Doncic won the rookie of the year in 2019 following a breathtaking season, while Porzingis' qualities are well known. Though the latter missed the entire 2018-19 season through injury.
Where both the teams can finish?
Clippers in the top-four:
his season could be one of the most unpredictable campaigns in recent history. Golden State Warriors are weakened following the departure of Kevin Durant for Brooklyn Nets, so there's no super team in the NBA this season, no outright favorite for the coveted trophy.
That's why the sky is the limit for the Los Angeles Clippers. If Kawhi Leonard can lead Toronto Raptors and with due respect to the reigning champions and their talented roster, the former San Antonio Spurs star can certainly take the Clippers to the glory as well, as he has Paul George and one of the best 2nd units to help him this season.
Dallas- 6th at max:
While for Dallas Mavericks, the minimum target should be to get into the playoffs after missing out in the last three seasons.
But it's easier said than done as they are in the Western Conference hot zone where more than 8 teams are more than capable of playing in the postseason.
What competition it is? NBA Pre-season 2019
The match will be played between Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena, in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia. The arena has a capacity of 18,910.
Match Day: October 18, 2019, @ 08:00 AM IST
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DAL vs LAC Dream11 team News:
Los Angeles Clippers:
Kawhi Leonard made his preseason debut for Los Angeles Clippers against Denver Nuggets and lasted 11 minutes. The reigning NBA finals MVP was not involved at all against Melbourne in the last game. We expect him to return here and be involved in some capacity.
Superstar Paul George remains a long-term injury absentee for the Clippers. The Six-Time NBA All-Star is expected to return to action in the last week of November.
Landry Shamet and Patrick Beverley both suffered a wrist and calf injury respectively against Melbourne. The duo will be assessed before the match.
Dallas face some injury issues ahead of this game. They could be without a host of first-team players.
Dwight Powell is still listed as day-to-day due to an injury and will be monitored before the game.
Dorian-Finney Smith is struggling with a hip problem of late and is a doubt for the game against Clippers.
Former Portland Trail Blazers star Seth Curry exited the game against Oklahoma City Thunder due to a knee contusion and remains a doubt for this match.
In addition, Jalen Brunson was held out from the Thunder game due to a hamstring injury. He will be assessed before the game.
Squad for the NBA Pre-season 2019:
Los Angeles Clippers:
Paul George (Won't play), Kawhi Leonard (Doubtful), Patrick Beverley, Maurice Harkless, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, Rodney McGruder, JaMychal Green, Jerrome Robinson, Landry Shamet, Mfiondu Kabengele, Patrick Patterson, Terance Mann, Donte Grantham, Derrick Walton
Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jalen Brunson, Ryan Broekhoff, Isaiah Roby, Delon Wright, Seth Curry, Justin Jackson, Maxi Kleber, Josh Reaves, Antonius Cleveland, Dakota Mathias, Boban Marjanovic, Courtney Lee, Dorian Finney-Smith, Aric Holman, Baba, Dwight Powell, J.J. Barea
Players to watch out for: (Captain options):
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DAL vs LAC Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
Likely to feature from the bench:
DAL vs LAC Dream11 Teams:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Los Angeles Clippers will start the game as favorites.