Will Kawhi Leonard & Luka Doncic Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Game 4: Prediction, Injuries, & Lineups

Published 05/30/2021, 4:05 PM EDT
May 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) tries to move thew bad past Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Clippers face off against the Dallas Mavericks for the fourth game of their first round series of the Playoffs. This game is scheduled to be held at 9:30 PM EST and is a must win for the Clippers if they want to tie the series.

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Despite being the favorites in the playoff series, the Clippers had a rocky start to their series against the Mavericks losing both the games at home. Going into the third game, the Clippers knew that they had to win their first away game in Dallas.

The Clippers certainly made a statement in the third game with a 118-108 victory. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combining for a whooping 75 points, the Clippers stole a game away from the Mavs. Coach Ty Lue will hope that they can win their upcoming game and tie the series at 2-2.

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May 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) holds the jersey of Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second quarter of game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavs shocked the NBA when they beat the Clippers twice in the Staples Center last week. Led by Luka Doncic and starters like Tim Hardaway Jr., the Mavs looked unstoppable going into their third game.

After a blistering first five minutes of the third game, the Mavs started to give away points at a rapid pace. While Doncic continued his fine form with a game-high 44 point performance, other starters did not step up and eventually the Mavs succumbed to a 118-108 defeat.

With the Mavs still holding a 2-1 lead, Doncic & Co. have to win this game to take control of their series. Can the Mavs take a 3-1 lead?

Predictions

The Mavs might have continued to shoot at insane rates but it seems like the Clippers have finally figured out how to contain the other starters in the team.

Considering the form Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are in and given how they performed in their last game, the Clippers might have an edge in this match-up.

LA Clippers’ injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers will be missing their starting center Serge Ibaka due to a back injury. Can the Clippers continue their momentum in their second away game and tie the series at 2-2?

May 28, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the first quarter in game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (G)

Marcus Morris Sr. (F)

Ivica Zubac (C)

Dallas Mavericks: Injury updates and expected lineup

The Mavericks might miss two key players. Veteran shooter JJ Reddick is sidelined as he recovers from a heel injury while talisman Luka Doncic is doubtful against the Clippers due to an injury.

May 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots over LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the third quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

After a rather disappointing performance in the third game, the Mavs will be keen on taking advantage of their home court and taking a 3-1 lead. Can Doncic and Co. take control of this series?

Predicted Lineup

Luka Doncic (G)

Josh Richardson (G)

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Dorian Finney Smith (G)

Maxi Kleber (F)

Kristaps Porzingis (C)

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Who will win between the Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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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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