LAC vs OKC Dream11: In this matchup in the Western Conference, Los Angeles Clippers host Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center, with both the teams looking to add to their wins from the last game.
This game will also remind everybody, irrespective of the direction the result goes in this game, about the big changes in both the team’s fortunes. The Clippers are the superpower and are walking through the season with the favorite tag, and deservedly so considering the addition of superstars on the roster. None bigger than Kahwi Leonard at the moment. His one season stay up in North, gave Toronto Raptors its first-ever NBA title, while the other monster heading to the La La Land to join Kawhi is Paul Geoge.
Oklahoma City Thunder, on the other hand, have entered the rebuild phase, they are in transition, after seeing both Russell Westbrook and Paul George leaving the franchise, with the former now playing alongside Russell Westbrook at Houston Rockets.
Los Angeles Clippers dropped two games for the first time this season but snapped it with a convincing and one-sided 150-101 win over Atlanta Hawks in the last game. Need more reasons for Clippers’ lofty profile, consider that Kawhi Leonard missed that game. The Clippers are now 8-5 in the season and sit 6th on the points table.
Thunder also won the last game as they beat Philadelphia 76ers 127-119 to end the two-game losing run of their own. The Thunder have 5-7 record heading into this game and are outside the playoff positions at the moment.
This will be the 215th fixture between these Western Conference teams, and the Thunder lead the overall head-to-head record with 137 wins, while the Clippers have only 77 wins in those matchups.
Host: Los Angeles Clippers
Visitors: Oklahoma City Thunder
Match Timing: November 18, @09:00 AM
Venue: Staples Center
Paul George: He had two monster games in his first two appearances, and now the Clippers give every team an eerie feeling. George is somebody who can outshine Leonard in this team.
Kawhi Leonard: Though he is a doubt for this game, we have to mention him, for he is a game-changer. Leonard is leading the Clippers with a team-high 8.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game as well as 2.1 steals per game. He is averaging 26.8 points per game.
Lou Williams: There are not many players who can do things he has been doing for the last couple of season from the bench. He is averaging 23.0 points per game and is the player from the 2nd across both the conferences.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: The only player on Thunder’s team this season to average in the 20s. He is young and will only get better if continues to play as he has been this season.
Los Angeles Clippers:
Kawhi Leonard could be back to Clippers’ starting line-up to face Thunder. The two-time NBA finals MVP missed the last two games due to a knee injury. But head coach Doc rivers said after 150-101 win over the Hawks that Leonard would “most likely” return to against the Thunder.
Another player who is a doubt for this game is Patrick Beverley. The 31-year-old sat out the Hawks game due to calf strain. He will be monitored before the game.
In addition, the Clippers will certainly be without Landry Shamet for the next few weeks following an ankle injury.
Los Angeles Clippers: Patrick Beverley (Doubtful), Paul George, JaMychal Green, Maurice Harkless, Montrezl Harrell, Kawhi Leonard (Doubtful), Terance Mann, Patrick Patterson, Jerome Robinson, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac
Oklahoma City Thunder team news:
Andre Roberson is on the sideline once again. The 26-year-old missed the entire 2018-19 season due to a knee injury. Hamidou Diallo, meanwhile, has been upgraded to questionable by the Clippers and will be evaluated before the match.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Danilo Gallinari, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, Steven Adams, Darius Bazley, Hamidou Diallo (questionable), Terrance Ferguson, Mike Muscala, Nerlend Noel, Justin Patton
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Los Angeles Clippers:
PF: Maurice Harkless / Kawhi Leonard
SF: Paul George
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Terance Mann / Patrick Beverley
SG: Maurice Harkless / Rodney McGruder
Oklahoma City Thunder:
PF: Terrance Ferguson
SF: Danilo Gallinari
C: Steven Adams
PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG: Chris Paul
Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, JaMychal Green, Mfiondu Kabengele, Patrick Patterson, Derrick Walton Jr.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Dennis Schroder, Nerlens Noel, Darius Bazley, Abdel Nader, Mike Muscala
LAC vs OKC Dream11 teams:
Though Thunder have won almost double the game against the Clippers these are the different times and at this moment, the Clippers are just too good.
A win for the home team is our call.