LAC vs PHX Dream11: Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to avoid back-to-back defeats as they host Phoenix Suns in the NBA regular-season at Staples Center, on Wednesday morning. The 109-106 defeat against the inconsistent Chicago Bulls snapped Clippers' four-game winning run, and again highlighted Doc Rivers' team's over-dependence on Kawhi Leonard, who was held out of the game due to load management. Rivers will be eying a win in this game at all cost as the Suns game follow gruelling fixtures against teams like Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers.
Phoenix Suns, on the other hand, lost the last game by the barest of margins as they went down 110-110 to Portland Trail Blazers. They are 11-15 on the season now, and 9th in the Western Conference heading into this game.
Fantasy Basketball – Head-to-head:
In the current context, the Los Angeles Clippers are certainly a team with a big profile, but it has not been the case always. Phoenix Suns once were one of the big boys. Take a look at the head-to-head between these two teams.
Total Games: 221
Los Angeles Clippers: 90
Phoenix Suns: 131
Los Angeles Clippers will host Phoenix Suns at Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California in what is a matchup between two Western Conference teams. The match will start at 09:00 AM (IST), December 18, Wednesday morning.
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Kawhi Leonard: The reigning NBA finals MVP needs no introduction at all. He is one of the best at the moment.
Points Per Game: 25.8
Rebounds Per Game: 7.9
Assists Per Game: 5.1
Steals Per Game: 1.8
Blocks Per Game: 0.7
Paul George: Has not been consistent enough, but he is Paul George. He can have a monster game and is unplayable and unguardable when on fire.
Points Per Game: 24.8
Rebounds Per Game: 6.1
Assists Per Game: 3.9
Steals Per Game: 1.5
Blocks Per Game: 0.4
Devin Booker: He is a doubt, but will make a world of a difference if he is active for this match.
Points Per Game: 25.0
Rebounds Per Game: 3.9
Assists Per Game: 6.4
Steals Per Game: 0.6
Blocks Per Game: 0.3
Kelly Oubre Jr: His passing has been a tad average, but he compensates it with his presence inside the paint. He is also the 2nd best active offensive player for the Suns.
Suns’ impact players:
Dario Saric: He is leading the team in rebounds per game and is also averaging in double-digits.
Ricky Rubio: Leads the team in assists charts, and is more than handy with his scoring.
Kelly Oubre Jr: Can drop a double-double, due to his two-way approach.
Montrezl Harrell: Clocks starters' minutes from the bench for Clippers and one of the frontrunners this season for the best sixth man in the NBA.
Points Per Game: 19.1
Rebounds Per Game: 4.7
Assists Per Game: 7.6
Steals Per Game: 0.8
Blocks Per Game: 1.3
Los Angeles Clippers team news:
Status out: JaMychal Green (back injury), Patrick Beverley (concussion), and Lou Williams (calf injury)
Status Questionable: Kawhi Leonard. He is fit, but he was held out of the last game due to load management and the Clippers are yet to confirm whether he is available or not.
Expected Los Angeles Clippers squad to face Suns: Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, Maurice Harkless, Paul George, Landry Shamet, Terance Mann, Patrick Patterson, Jerome Robinson
Phoenix Suns team news:
Status out: None.
Status Questionable: Devin Booker due to an arm injury.
Please note that Deandre Ayton is available for selection following a 25-game ban. The 21-year-old centre is expected to start the game.
Phoenix Suns expected squad to face the Clippers: Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker (Questionable), Mikal Bridges, Jevon Carter, Aron Baynes, Elie Okobo, Tyler Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr., Frank Kaminsky, Cheick Diallo, Dario Saric, Frank Kaminsky
Los Angeles Clippers:
PF: Maurice Harkless
SF: Landry Shamet / Kawhi Leonard
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Paul George
SG: Landry Shamet / Terance Mann
PF: Kelly Oubre Jr.
SF: Dario Saric
C: Frank Kaminsky
PG: Devin Booker / Mikal Bridges
SG: Ricky Rubio
Los Angeles Clippers: Montrezl Harrell, Derrick Walton Jr., Rodney McGruder, Jerome Robinson, Patrick Patterson
Phoenix Suns: Cameron Johnson, Aron Baynes, Jevon Carter, Elie Okobo