LAC vs POR Dream11: The fans were fuming when the news broke out about Kawhi Leonard not going to play against Milwaukee Bucks. It was the game highlighted by the fans and the pundits alike as soon as the NBA released the fixtures in the summer, for it would have brought the reigning NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the same court for the first time since Toronto Raptors got the better of Bucks in last season’s Eastern Conference finals. But it was not to be.
Still, the Clippers gave the Bucks a fight which reminded everybody that why Doc Rovers’ men are the absolute genuine title challenger this season. After all, the Bucks, in the end, manage to escape with a 124-129win from the Stapes Center, despite the Clippers playing without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The result was a reminder of how deep is the Clippers’ roster.
Clippers are now 5-3 in the regular season and will be playing in their fourth straight home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Talking about the Blazers, they could use a win against a team with a good profile. Not that the Golden State Warriors’ are inferior or lack the profile of a big team, but in the current context, the Dubs are in absolute transition. That’s why the 127-118 defeat against Steve Kerr’s men was chastening, demoralizing as well.
There have been 255 encounters between the Clippers and the Blazers in the NBA regular season. The Blazers have dominated this fixture, winning a massive 178 times, with Clippers winning only 78 games.
Kawhi Leonard: A lot of players are after Giannis’ crown this season, and the Greek-Freak faces the biggest fight from Kawhi Leonard. The former Raptors is one unique player who can execute his game at either end with perfection.
Damian Lillard: He was the highest scorer in the game against the Warriors. The 29-year-old is averaging 31.1 points per game this season.
Host: Los Angeles Clippers
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Venue: Staples Center
Match Timing: November 08, 09:00 AM
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PF: Kawhi Leonard
SF: Patrick Patterson
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Landry Shamet
PF: Rodney Hood
SF: Anthony Tolliver
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
Clippers: Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, JaMychal Green, Maurice Harkless, Rodney McGruder, Terance Mann
Blazers: Mario Hezonja, Kent Bazemore, Anfernee Simons, Skal Labissiere, Gray Trent Jr.
Los Angeles Clippers: Paul George is expected to be involved in a live five-on-five scrimmage this week, which will be a significant step for the former Oklahoma City Thunder star as he bids to play for the first time for the Clippers. George could make his debut next week against Rockets.
Kawhi Leonard was held out of the game against Milwaukee Bucks for load management. The reigning NBA finals MVP is expected to be available for this game.
Portland Trail Blazers: For the Blazers, Zach Collins is expected to be on the sideline for some time after suffering a knee injury last week. The Blazers confirmed that the 21-year-old star has undergone surgery on his left labrum and will be re-evaluated in four months. It’s a huge blow considering how he started the season. Jusuf Nurkic (leg injury) and Paul Gasol (foot injury) remains a long-term absentee as well and won’t be featuring any time soon.
Rodney Hood shook off the injury problems before the tilt against Golden State Warriors and clocked 36 minutes. He is fit and will be starting the match.
LAC vs POR Dream11 Teams:
LAC vs POR Today Match prediction:
With Kawhi back in the line-up, Clippers will start the match as favourites against the Blazers who are still not sure what hit them at Chase Center.