Will Kawhi Leonard & Paul George Play Tonight? Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets – Predictions, Injury Updates & Lineup

Published 04/09/2021, 4:02 PM EDT
Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates with forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers won their third game in a row as they beat the Phoenix Suns in their previous game. With their latest win, the Clippers now have a record of 35 wins and 18 losses and are the third seed in the Western Conference.

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The Houston Rockets snapped off of their five game losing streak as they beat the Dallas Mavericks. They now have the second worst record in the league, with 14 wins and 37 losses overall.

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

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Predictions

The Clippers are coming off of strong victories against the Blazers and the Suns and are in an amazing run of form. Given the run of form they are in, they are surely the favorites against the Houston Rockets.

Los Angeles Clippers’ injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers snapped the Suns off of their seven game winning streak, beating them 113-103. After an impressive 36 point performance against the Blazers, Paul George continued his impeccable form with a 33 point performance against the Suns.

Mar 24, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts after scoring a basket against the San Antonio Spurs the first quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-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. Center Serge Ibaka is also out sidelined with back injury and is unavailable against the Blazers.

The Clippers face off against a Rockets side who are coming off of a victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Given the number of losses the Rockets have stacked up till now, the Clippers are clear favorites in this matchup.

Probable Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Nicolas Batum (F)

Ivica Zubac (C)

Houston Rockets: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Houston Rockets had a shock victory against the Dallas Mavericks as they defeated them 102-93. John Wall had a fantastic game scoring a game high 31 points against the Mavs.

Apr 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) is fouled as he drives to the basket between during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Michael Wyke/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets have major injury concerns ahead of their game against the Suns. Guard John Wall is sidelined due to a knee injury. Backup guards Dante Exum and Chris Clemons are also out. Eric Gordon, Danuel House, and David Nwaba are also sidelined against the Clippers. Guard Avery Bradley is probable against the Clippers.

Given the form they are in and the numerous changes their roster has seen, it will take a special performance from them for a win against the in-form Clippers.

Probable Lineup

Kevin Porter Jr. (G)

Sterling Brown (G)

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Jae’Sean Tate (F)

Kelly Olynyk (F)

Christian Wood (C)

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Who will win between the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets? 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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