Los Angeles Clippers play the second of their five-game home stretch against Utah Jazz at Staples Center. The Clippers are fresh off handing San Antonio Spurs their first defeat of the season, while Jazz are looking to bounce back from their tough road south-end result against Sacramento Kings.
But Jazz will need some shifting to get the better of the Clippers who boast Kawhi Leonard on their roster, arguably the best player in NBA on either end of the court. Add to that Clippers' deep 2nd unit, and it doesn't bode well for any team playing Doc Rivers' team this season. What's more frightening for the opponents is that the Clippers are without All-Star Paul George who continues to recover from a shoulder injury.
That said, Utah have already played Clippers this season and managed to beat them 110-96 at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But Utah know they can't take a or two leaf out of that match as Kawhi Leonard was rested in that match – a surprise move by Doc Rivers.
Kawhi Leonard is expected to play in this match, and he along with his potent teammates, will look to take the full advantage of the home court as Clippers look to improve its season record to 5-2.
As mentioned above, Jazz had to swallow a tough 102-102 loss to Sacramento Kings. Harrison Barnes buried an offensive rebound with 2.9 seconds left in the regulation time which proved to be the difference in the match.
But Utah are themselves to blame as they failed to take advantage of Kings' wastefulness in the possession and poor free-throws conversion.
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Host: Los Angeles Clippers
Visitors: Utah Jazz
Venue: Staples Center
Match Timing: November 04, 07:30 AM
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Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz predicted five:
Los Angeles Clippers:
PF: Kawhi Leonard
SF: Patrick Patterson
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Landry Shamet
PF: Bojan Bogdanovic
SF: Royce O'Neale
C: Rudy Gobert
PG: Donovan Mitchell
SG: Mike Conley Jr.
Likely to feature from the bench:
Clippers: Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, JaMychal Green, Maurice Harkless, Rodney McGruder
Jazz: Joe Ingles, Jeff Green, Emmanuel Mudiay, Ed Davis
Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz Team News:
Clippers will have to wait for 2-3 more weeks before Paul George returns to the fold. The 29-year-old superstar, whose arrived from Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal which saw Danilo Gallinari moving in the other direction, is recovering from a shoulder injury.
Rodney McGruder made a successful return from injury and will be involved here.
While for Utah Jazz knee injury), Dante Exum is the only player on their injury list.
Likely squads for this match:
Clippers: Patrick Beverley, JaMychal Green, Maurice Harkless, Montrezl Harrell, Mfiondu Kabengele, Kawhi Leonard, Terance Mann, Rodney McGruder, Johnathan Motley, Patrick Patterson, Jerome Robinson, Landry Shamet, Derrick Walton, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac
Jazz: Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Tony Bradley, Royce O’Neale, Joe Ingles, Dante Exum, Georges Niang, Bojan Bogdanović, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green, Ed Davis
LAC vs UTA Dream11 Teams:
LAC vs UTA Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
Clippers will have Kawhi Leonard on their roster in this game and will start the game as favourites.