The Los Angeles Clippers will be aiming to snap its two-game skid with a home encounter against Atlanta Hawks at Staples Centre. Though no team is perfect and the defeats are unavoidable for any team no matter how deep the roster is, still, Clippers' 132-127 defeat at New Orleans Pelicans feels like a travesty, considering how the Pelicans have been playing this season.
That defeat also highlights Clippers' over-dependence on Kawhi Leonard, at least the defense looks a bit sluggish in the absence of the reigning NBA finals MVP.
Atlanta Hawks will also be looking for the win here after a defeat against the Phoenix Suns in the last game. The Hawks have only two wins win in the last six regular-season games.
This is really a historical fixture, considering the number of times both these teams have faced each other. The next game will be the 432nd meeting between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, and the Showtime edge their opponent with 275 wins in those games, while Kings have 156 wins.
Host: Los Angeles Clippers
Visitors: Atlanta Hawks
Match Timing: November 17, @09:00 AM
Venue: Staples Center
Kawhi Leonard: The best player of last season is up and running for the Clippers, showing why he is being considered as one of the best two-way players ever to grace this sport. The reigning NBA MVP is averaging a team-high 29.0 points per game this season.
Paul George: What an introduction he gave of himself to the Clippers fans. A humongous performance as he dropped in insane 33 points in just 24 minutes. Incredible. Expect more and the same, for he is too good a player. Clippers are monsters now.
Lou Williams: He is somebody who has always put up incredible numbers from the bench. This is the story of this season as well, as he is the only player to average in the 20s from the 2nd unit.
Trae Young: Scored a phenomenal 42 points in the last game as Hawks won for the first time in four games. He is leading the scoring chart for the Hawks with a career-best 28.0 points per game this season.
Los Angeles Clippers:
The hosts will be missing the services of Landry Shamet for the second straight game. The 22-year-old guard suffered an ankle injury during Clippers' 98-88 win over the Toronto Raptors last Monday. Maurice Harkless started the last game at his place and will be asked to fill in here as well.
Superstar Kawhi Leonard is also a doubt for this match. The former SanAntoio Spurs and Toronto Raptors star sat out the last game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to a sore left knee. He will be assessed before the match.
No other injury concerns for the hosts. Paul George made a successful return from the long injury lay off and is good to go.
Clippers: Patrick Beverley, JaMychal Green, Maurice Harkless, Montrezl Harrell, Mfiondu Kabengele, Kawhi Leonard, Terance Mann, Rodney McGruder, Johnathan Motley, Patrick Patterson, Jerome Robinson, Derrick Walton, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac
The injuries are becoming a norm for the Hawks these days as too many players are spending their time in the treatment room these days. The injury list remains big with the players like Vince Carter (personal reasons), John Collins (suspended), Kevin Huerter (shoulder injury) and Evan Turner (Achilles Tendon injury) set to miss this match due to ti injury.
Chandler Parsons, meanwhile, is listed as doubtful by the Hawks. He will be evaluated before the game.
Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre’ Bembry, Damian Jones, John Collins, Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Alex Len, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Bruno Fernando, Jabari Parker, Brandon Goodwin, Charlie Brown, Vince Carter, Tyrone Wallace
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Los Angeles Clippers:
PF: Kawhi Leonard
SF: Paul George
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Maurice Harkless
PF: Jabari Parker
SF: De’Andre Hunter
C: Alex Len
PG: Cam Reddish
SG: Trae Young
Los Angeles Clippers: Montrezl Harrell, JaMychal Green, Rodney McGruder, Terance Mann
Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Bembry, Tyrone Wallace, Bruno Fernando, Damian Jones, Kevin Huerter
LAC vs ATL Dream11 teams:
LAC vs ATL Today Match prediction:
The Clippers will start the game as favorites.