Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? Indiana Pacers vs LA Clippers: Predictions, Injury Report & Lineups

Published 04/13/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
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


Indiana Pacers will play host to the LA Clippers in tonight’s NBA matchup. Both the teams arrive into this with a winning momentum as the Clippers have won their past five games, while the Pacers are themselves on a three-game winning streak. So, it promises to be a spicy affair.

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Date & Time: April 13, 2021, 7:30 pm ET

Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

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Jan 17, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) goes up for a basket in the first half of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have been boosted by the return of Caris LeVert and Malcolm Brogdon. Although, Myles Turner will miss the game against the Clippers with an ankle problem and TJ Warren is out for the remainder of the season.

Once again, Domantas Sabonis will hold the key to their chances. One of the NBA’s most bankable players, he’s only missed three games this season. The Pacers lie ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 25-27 record, and they will look to dislodge the Knicks from the eighth spot.

Starting 5 for Indiana Pacers

Guard – Malcolm Brogdon

Guard – Caris LeVert

Center – Domantas Sabonis

Forward – Edmond Sumner

Forward – Justin Holiday

Preview | LA Clippers

Courtesy of their winning run, the Clippers are just two games behind the Phoenix Suns in their quest for second place in the West.

Kawhi Leonard sat out their 131-124 win against Detroit Pistons with right foot soreness. And he won’t be playing a part in this game either. Serge Ibaka hasn’t joined the team on their three game road trip while Patrick Beverley has been ruled out for the next 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand.

Paul George will continue to take the reins in Kawhi’s absence.

Starting 5 for LA Clippers

Guard – Reggie Jackson

Guard – Paul George

Center – Ivica Zubac

Forward – Luke Kennard

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Forward – Marcus Morris Sr.

Predictions | Pacers vs Clippers

The Clippers don’t arrive into this contest as the overwhelming favorites. Both the teams have found momentum and it could be anyone’s game. With Sabonis, the Pacers will look to trouble Zubac in the low post while the likes of LeVert and Brogdon will be a handful on the perimeter.

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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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