Will Damian Lillard Play Tonight? Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

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April 6, 2021 11:30 pm

After two consecutive losses, the Los Angeles Clippers won their previous game against cross city rivals Los Angeles Lakers. With their latest win, the Clippers now have a record of 33 wins and 18 losses and are the third seed in the Western Conference.

Portland Trail Blazers, meanwhile, also came back from a disappointing loss to win their last game against the Thunder. The Blazers now have an overall record of 30 wins and 19 losses and are the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

The Clippers face off against the Blazers tonight at 10:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

Los Angeles Clippers’ injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers defeated a short handed Lakers team 104-86. This was certainly a much needed win for the Clippers, considering the back-to-back losses they had suffered prior to this game.

Jan 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives to the basket between LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers will be missing some key players due to injuries. Backup shooting guard Jay Scrubb is sidelined due to a foot injury. Starting guard Patrick Beverley is questionable as he recovers from a knee injury. Center Serge Ibaka is also out sidelined with back injury and is unavailable against the Blazers.

The Clippers might be missing key starters, but considering that both of their stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are in a decent run of form, they will fancy their chances against the Blazers.

Probable Lineup

Reggie Jackson (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Nicolas Batum (F)

Ivica Zubac (C)

Trail Blazers: Injury updates and lineup prediction

After a blow-out defeat against the Bucks, the Blazers had a tremendous 48 point victory against the Thunder as they defeated them, 133-85. The Blazers saw eight of their players scoring in double digits with CJ McCollum leading the pack with a 20 point performance.

The Blazers will be missing three key players who are out with injuries against the Clippers. Given how injury prone he is, the Blazers are pretty careful with starting center Jusuf Nurkic and have listed him out against the Clippers as he recovers from a right knee inflammation.

Mar 3, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA;Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) speaks with forward Carmelo Anthony (00) during the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Moda Center. The Blazers won 108-106. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Backup center Zach Collins is out indefinitely with an ankle injury, while forward Derrick Jones Jr. is probable as he recovers from a quadriceps injury.

The Blazers have won five of their last six games and will hope that they can win against the Clippers and leapfrog the Lakers in the Western Conference standings.

Probable Lineup

Damian Lillard (G)

CJ McCollum (G)

Norman Powell (F)

Robert Covington (F)

Enes Kanter (C)

Predictions

Both the Clippers and Blazers are relatively healthy and are coming of crucial victories. While Clippers are the deeper team of the two, they are missing two key starters in Ibaka and Beverley, thus the Blazers have a slight edge in this matchup.

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Aditya Mohapatra

Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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