Fixture: Los Angeles Clippers vs Detroit Pistons
Date & Time: Thursday, January 2, 2020, 10:30 PM ET (Friday, 3:30 AM GMT)
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
After an impressive win against Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas day, the Los Angeles Clippers have lost their last a game against Utah Jazz and won another at Sacramento. Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scored over 20 points in the 105-87 win against Kings in their previous game. They are 0.686 on the season with 24 wins in 35 games so far. The side from Los Angeles have returned a 50% record in their last eight games and are currently placed third in the Western Conference.
On Thursday, they welcome Detroit Pistons for their first game in the New Year. The Pistons stand 11th in the Eastern Conference with a win-loss record of 12-22. They have won only once in their last eight games. Their previous loss against Utah was disappointing for the Pistons as they managed just 81 points on the night. They face another difficult test, travelling to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Clippers-
Injuries: Patrick Beverley- Out
Expected starting line-up: Landry Shamet, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Maurice Harkless, Ivan Zubac
Injuries: Markieff Morris (Foot)- Out, Blake Griffin (Knee)- Questionable, Reggie Jackson (Knee)- Questionable, Jordan Bone- Out, Luke Kennard (Knee)- Out, Khyri Thomas (Foot)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Tim Frazier, Bruce Brown Jr., Tony Snell, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Andre Drummond
Detroit have a very ordinary away record this season with just four wins in 16 games on the road. The Clippers have an impressive 14-3 record at home. Although the likes of Donovan Mitchell have returned a decent haul of point for the Kings, Thursday’s game against the Clippers seems like a slope too steep to climb for them.