Los Angeles Clippers take on Houston Rockets in the NBA Pre-Season match at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Doc Rivers will hope to better the last season where his team was knocked out by Golden State Warriors in the first-round playoff games.
Rockets are aiming for the same thing and will hope to negotiate the Western Conference better than last season.
What competition it is? NBA Pre-season 2019
The match will be played between the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets at Stan Sheriff Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the United States of America. The arena has a capacity of 10,300.
Match Day: October 04, 2019, @ 10:30 AM IST
Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA Pre-season 2019 in India. Premier members can also catch the Live-Action on SonyLiv App.
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What to expect from the game?
Minutes to the fringe players:
Pre-season is not an indicator of how the teams may or may not fare in the regular season. Take, for example, the Los Angeles Lakers' performance last season when they twice beat the Golden State Warriors before the 2018-19 season, making everyone believe that Lebron James' team would be one of the teams to beat in the Western Conference.
The pre-season is more of a series of games for the head coaches to tune the team to his plans, and an opportunity to improve the match fitness for the big players.
So expect players, including the troops from the 2nd unit, to get substantial minutes here.
Rockets will try players like Isaiah Hartenstein, Ben McLemore, Gary Clark and Shamorie Ponds with some crucial minutes on the court.
HOU vs LAC Dream11 team News:
Los Angeles Clippers not to risk Kawhi Leonard and Paul George!
Doc Rivers was asked about the availability of Kawhi Leonard for the game against Houston Rockets. The 57-year-old head coach revealed that the two-time NBA MVP will most probably miss both the games in Hawaii here Clippers are camping out at the moment.
Clippers let Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander go to Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George. The duo is not available.
Houston Rockets must wait to see Westbrook in the shirt!
Rockets' magnificent summer signing Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the first two preseason games for his new team, as per the reports.
The 30-year-old former NBA MVP is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery he had last May.
While Mike D'Antoni also revealed ahead of this game that superstar James Harden will get substantial minutes against Los Angeles Clippers.
In addition, Anthony Bennett (tendinitis), Shamorie Ponds (thigh) and Michael Frazier (ankle) all will be assessed before the game.
Chris Paul left Rockets after two seasons as he was part of the deal which saw Russell Westbrook heading to the opposite direction.
Squad for the NBA Pre-season 2019:
Los Angeles Clippers squad:
Paul George, Kawhi Leonard (Both 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
Houston Rockets expected squad:
Ryan Anderson, Jaron Blossomgame, Clint Capela, Gary Clark, Chris Clemons, Eric Gordon, Gerald Green, James Harden, Isaiah Hartenstein, Danuel House, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, Thabo Sefolosha, P. J. Tucker, Shamorie Ponds, Anthony Bennett, Michael Frazier
Players to watch out for: (Captain options):
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HOU vs LAC Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
Likely to feature from the bench:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION
Houston Rockets will start the game as favourites against Los Angeles Clippers.