LAC vs POR Dream11: Portland Trail Blazers will be looking for their fourth straight town when they hit the road for the matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center, tomorrow, on Wednesday morning (IST).
Who will win today match: Form and the recent result:
Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers bounced back to the shock 107-97 defeat at San Antonio Spurs with a one-sided 150-125 win over Washington Wizards. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George erupted for a combined 60 points with the former ending the match with game-high efforts 34 points, while George scored 31 points.
Clippers are now 15-6 on the season and stay 3rd in the Western Conference table heading into this game.
Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers, meanwhile, are on their best run in the current season, following 107-103 win over Chicago Bulls to extend the winning run to three matches. Damian Lillard led the scoring charts with 28 points, while Carmelo Anthony had a double-double 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Total Games: 226
Los Angeles Clippers: 79
Portland Trail Blazers: 147
Host: Los Angeles Clippers
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Match Timing: December 04, @08:30 AM
Venue: Staples Center
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Kawhi Leonard: It’s the signing of Kawhi Leonard which bumped up Clippers‘ profile as a team. He is the two-time and also the reigning NBA finals MVP. The former Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs superstar is an unequivocal star in the team, and also in the whole NBA, and is playing exactly as he is expected.
Points Per Game: 25.9
Rebounds Per Game: 7.8
Assists Per Game: 5.3
Steals Per Game: 1.9
Blocks Per Game: 0.8
Paul George: Had 31 points in the last game. More than capable of erupting with monsters numbers.
Points Per Game: 23.4
Rebounds Per Game: 6.3
Assists Per Game: 3.6
Steals Per Game: 1.4
Blocks Per Game: 0.4
And the unique duo: Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams: Both feature from the bench, but get starters’ minutes. It’s because of them that the roster is the deepest in the whole NBA. Both of them are averaging around 20 points per game this season.
Damian Lillard: He is a superstar in this team. He is Blazers‘ biggest hope on any given day.
Points Per Game: 27.3
Rebounds Per Game: 4.8
Assists Per Game: 7.3
Steals Per Game: 1.1
Blocks Per Game: 0.5
CJ McCollum: Can be a game-changer on any given day. He is averaging 22.2 points per game.
Los Angeles Clippers: JaMaychal Green lasted only 10 minutes against Washington Wizards following bruised tailbone and never returned in the game. He is out of this game and joins Landry Shamet (ankle injury) and Rodney McGruder (leg injury) on Clippers’ injury list for this game.
Los Angeles Clippers squad: Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, Maurice Harkless, Terance Mann, Johnathan Motley, Patrick Patterson
Portland Trail Blazers Team News:
Portland Trail Blazers: As for the Blazers, the usual suspects are Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic. Collins made a very good start to the new season but his progress was cut back by the shoulder injury. Nurkic, meanwhile, is yet to play for the team this season as he nurses a leg injury.
According to reports, Gray Trent Jr. is expected to play in this game following a hamstring injury.
Portland Trail Blazers squad: Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissière, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, Rodney Hood
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Los Angeles Clippers:
PF: Kawhi Leonard
SF: Maurice Harkless
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Paul George
Portland Trail Blazers:
PF: Rodney Hood
SF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
Los Angeles Clippers: Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Terance Mann, Jerome Robinson, Patrick Patterson, Derrick Walton Jr., Mfiondu Kabengele
Portland Trail Blazers: Kent Bazemore, Nassir Little, Skal Labissiere, Mario Hezonja, Gary Trent Jr., Anfernee Simons
Clippers have lost just once at home this season, and even though Portland are on their best run in the season, and will be confident of getting a result here, Clippers will have too much on both ends of the court at the end of the day.