LAC vs HOU Dream11: The NBA regular season is long, and can feel tiring sometimes even for the most fervent fans. But the league is full of superstars, world-renowned athletes who can toss anybody awake and out of bed even in the wee hours. It's that game when the Houston Rockets play Los Angeles Clippers on the road in a matchup between the two powerful teams from the Western Conference, where you just have to forget about everything else, of course, if you love this sport.
What makes this game an unmissable event is that both team's rosters are full of players who are playing some incredible Basketball. James Harden is as always racking up points at an incredible rate, while Kawhi Leonard is being Kawhi, executing at both ends of the court.
The Clippers are on a three-game winning run following a 107-104 overtime win over the Boston Celtics. Kawi Leonard had a rare average game by his own standard, but you can be a bit complacent if you have the likes of Paul George and Lou Williams as your teammates. The duo scored a combined 52 points in the game. Clippers are now 10-5 on the season.
Meanwhile, Rockets suffered a rare off day in the office when they lost 105-95 against Denver Nuggets. It was Rockets' first defeat in nine games, but they are 3rd on the points table in the West.
This will be the 2nd meeting between these two behemoths of the Western Conference. Houston Rockets won that game 102-93, with James Harden scoring an incredible 47 points. But worth considering is the fact that Paul George was not available at that time. He is now.
That said, with or without All-Stars, the Clippers have always struggled against the Rockets. They have lost a huge 122 times in the 200 encounters against Houston Rockets, winning 78 times.
Host: Los Angeles Clippers
Visitors: Houston Rockets
Match Timing: November 23, @09:00 AM
Venue: Staples Center
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James Harden: It will be tough to choose a captain in this game when you have so many stars playing in a single game. But James Harden can help you in making the right choice, just shrink down the options to Mr. Beard, as he is definitely on fire at the moment, leading the league in scoring charts. He is averaging 38.4 points per game.
Kawhi Leonard: That said, Leonard is here. He will be on the court, and in front of his own fans, where his team looks unbeatable at the moment. Leonard is somebody who can make the absolute genius of a player look like a novice. He is too good offensively as well, as he averages 25.8 points per game this season.
Russell Westbrook: The king of triple-doubles. He is somebody who guarantees almost everything on the court. He is 2nd on Rockets' scoring charts with 21.8 points per game.
Paul George: The former Indian Pacers star has started his life as a Clippers in an outstanding fashion. He gives the already dangerous Clippers side an extra offensive dimension. The 28-year-old is averaging 28.3 points per game from his first four matches.
More than impact players:
Clint Capela: He grabbed his 5th straight 20+ rebounds performance in the last game, first since Ben Wallace in 2003.
Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell: The duo features prominently from the bench, but that doesn' make them the 2nd unit by any stretch of the imagination.
Los Angeles Clippers:
No fresh injury problems for the Clippers from the last game. But Landry Shamet remains out for the hosts. He is recovering from an ankle injury. No other injury concerns or suspension to concern with for the hosts.
Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green, Maurice Harkless, Montrezl Harrell, Terance Mann, Rodney McGruder, Johnathan Motley, Patrick Patterson
Houston Rockets team news:
As for the Rockets, Eric Gordon (knee injury), Gerald Green (Foot Injury), Nene Hilario (Groin Injury) and Danuel House (shoulder injury) have been ruled out.
Houston Rockets: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Clint Capela, Tyson Chandler, Gary Clark, Isaiah Hartenstein, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, P.J. Tucker, Chris Clemons
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Los Angeles Clippers:
PF: Kawhi Leonard
SF: Maurice Harkless
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Paul George
PF: P. J. Tucker
SF: Thabo Sefolosha / Patrick Patterson
C: Clint Capela
PG: James Harden
SG: Russell Westbrook
Los Angeles Clippers: Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, JaMychal Green, Rodney McGruder, Terance Mann, Jerome Robinson
Houston Rockets: Austin Rivers, Ben McLemore, Tyson Chandler, Chris Clemons, Isaiah Hartenstein
Clippers are 9-1 in home matches this season, while Rockets have suffered three defeats in 8 games on the road. Considering this, the hosts will start the game as favorites.