Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 03/15/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots a backwards shot as Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) defends in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Clippers suffered from an embarrassing loss at the hands of a young Pelicans team. Needless to say, they would be a little alarmed now as they have a record of 25 wins and 15 losses and are the fourth seed in the Western Conferenc, after flirting with the numero uno position for a while.

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Dallas Mavericks, o the other hand, defeated a solid Denver Nuggets team for their seventh victory in the last ten games. The Mavs have a record of 20 wins and 18 losses and are the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

The Clippers face off against the Mavericks tonight at 9:00 PM EST. Let’s look at the injury reports and the probable lineups of the teams.

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Dallas Mavericks injury updates and expected lineup

After a disappointing loss to the Thunder, the Mavs came back to winning ways, defeating the Denver Nuggets 116-103. With a relatively healthy roster, the Mavs are showing what they are capable of.

Mar 10, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate as San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) looks on during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks will be missing two players because of injury. Guard Tyrell Terry and forward James Johnson are questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Clippers.

The Mavs absolutely embarrassed the Clippers in their previous matchup. Given the shaky form Kawhi & Co. are in right now, the Mavs could pull off another victory against the Clippers.

Predicted Lineup

Luka Doncic (G)

Josh Richardson (G)

Dorian Finney-Smith (F)

Maxi Kleber (F)

Kristaps Porzingis (C)

Los Angeles Clippers’ injury updates and predicted lineup

After a dominant victory against the Warriors, the Clippers suffered another loss as the Pelicans defeated them 135-115. This was their fourth loss in the last five games and they have slipped to the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

Jan 15, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) high fives guard-forward Nicolas Batum (33) after a play against the Sacramento Kings during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers will be missing some key players due to injury ahead of their matchup against the Mavs. Backup shooting guard Jay Scrubb is out with a foot injury while starting point guard Patrick Beverley is recovering from a knee injury.

Center Serge Ibaka is also out due to a back injury and guard Terence Mann is questionable against the Mavs.

The Clippers were absolutely humbled in their previous game against the Mavs. Given that they are facing a fully healthy Mavs side, their stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have to bring their ‘A-game’ to win the game.

Probable Lineup

Reggie Jackson (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

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Nicolas Batum (F)

Ivica Zubac (C)

Predictions

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The Mavs have a relatively healthy side available against the Clippers and are in splendid form, winning five of their last six games. Clippers, on the other hand, will miss some key players and are in dismal form. The Mavs surely have an edge in this particular matchup.

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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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