Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? Detroit Pistons vs LA Clippers: Predictions, Injury Updates & Lineups

Published 04/14/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Dec 30, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) puts on a protect mask as he reenters the game during the second quarter at Staples Center. Leonard wore a the mask in his first game back after sustaining an injury when he was hit in the face with an elbow. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Detroit Pistons will look to avenge their 131-124 loss against LA Clippers in this reverse NBA fixture when they play hosts to them tonight. The Clippers are on an impressive 6-game winning run. For a bottom-of-the-table team like the Pistons, it will be a monumental task to beat them.

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Date & Time: April 14, 2021, 7pm ET

Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

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Apr 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (18) and guard Wayne Ellington (8) in the second half at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Pistons 131-124. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | LA Clippers

The Clippers are the most in-form team of the NBA right now. And it is not particularly because of Kawhi Leonard, who’s sat out the last couple of games with right foot soreness. But, it is all thanks to Paul George who has led the team with a 30-point performance in each of those games.

Kawhi is day-to-day and against a weak Pistons team is likely to be not risked by the medical staff. So, the onus will be on Paul George to keep up his good form. Patrick Beverley and Serge Ibaka are also not available for this NBA game because of their respective injuries.

Starting 5 for LA Clippers

Guard – Reggie Jackson

Guard – Luke Kennard

Center – Ivica Zubac

Forward – Marcus Morris Sr.

Forward – Paul George

Preview | Detroit Pistons

It has been a sorry tale for the Pistons this season. They lie at the rock bottom in the Eastern Conference Table with a 16-38 record. It is not because of any key injury issue; their roster is simply not competent enough for the NBA.

They were beaten in their last NBA outing against the Clippers itself, though the forward tandem of Jackson and Bey played well. So, it would be crucial for them to start the game firing on all the cylinders if they wish to trouble their opponents. The Pistons have not many lingering injury issues as only the likes of Rodney McGruder and Dennis Smith Jr. are ruled out for this game.

Starting 5 for Detroit Pistons

Guard – Cory Joseph

Guard – Wayne Ellington

Center – Mason Plumlee

Forward – Saddiq Bey

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Forward – Josh Jackson

Pick | LA Clippers

If you were waiting for the safest bet in the NBA, now is the right time to put your money on the Clippers. It will be a travesty if they manage to lose against the Pistons tonight.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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