Fixture: Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10:00 PM ET (December 4, 3:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles.
After a rather disappointing start to the season, the Portland Trail Blazers are getting back to winning ways. They have now won three consecutive games improving their record in the season to 8-12. Although the record and their 11th position in the table wouldn’t have been what they were looking at before the start of the season, they will be pleased with their recent performances. The performances also seemed to have risen a little since the addition of veteran superstar Carmelo Anthony.
Melo’s Trail Blazers will be visiting Los Angeles to face a Clippers side that have won 12 out of their 13 games at home. They boast an overall win-loss record of 15-6, sitting third in the Western Conference. Although the Trail Blazers have won eight out of their last 10 games against the Clippers, it could be a completely different proposition on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, an exciting prospect of Kawhi Leonard & Paul George facing off Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard awaits after the Clipper duo already expressing their happiness to see Carmelo Anthony back in the league.
Los Angeles Clippers-
Injuries: Landry Shamet (Ankle)- Out, JaMychal Green (Back)- Questionable, Amir Coffey- Out, Rodney McGruder (Hamstring)- Out
Predicted starting line up: Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Maurice Harkless, Ivica Zubac
Portland Trail Blazers-
Injuries: Gary Trent Jr. (Hamstring)- Probable, Jusuf Nurkic (Leg)- Out, Zach Collins (Shoulder)- Out
Predicted starting line up: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Rodney Hood, Carmelo Anthony, Hassan Whiteside
Clippers will be coming into the game having just scored 150 points over Washington Wizards in their previous game. And they will be facing a Portland side that hasn’t been at their best in their defensive game. Trail Balers however, have a good chance offensively. While Damian Lillard has been their go to man, Carmelo Anthony, since his arrival, has made quite an impact. Averaging 22.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in the last week, Melo has been named as the West Conference player of the week.
As for the Clippers, they seem to have got things right. Las game saw four of their players score over 20 points. The duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scored over 30, and they might do it once again on Tuesday.