Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/13/2021, 5:00 PM EST


The LA Clippers are yet to figure out a winning combination, even though they’re ranked third in the Western Conference. There are challenging times ahead for Tyronn Lue’s team as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans in their next encounter. 

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Venue: Staples Center

Time: 10:00 PM EST (January 13, 2021)

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The Clippers would be going into this game with a winning mindset. Their confidence would be beaming as they take on a Pelicans team that’s suffering a three-game losing streak. Can New Orleans upset Los Angeles?

LA Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans – Injury Updates and Lineups

Clippers

The Clippers now sport a healthy roster after taking early injury blows in the season. As of now, only big man Ivica Zubac is listed as questionable for the game due to abdominal soreness. The rest are ready to take on the Pelicans on home soil.

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

Possible Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Nicolas Batum (F)

Serge Ibaka (C) 

Pelicans

The Pelicans will face a massive challenge of overcoming the Clippers, and they’re also troubled by injuries. The team has listed four players as probable for the game, and veterans JJ Redick and Eric Bledsoe make up two spots on it. 

Jan 8, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) brings the ball up court against Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) during the third quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Lonzo Ball and Nicolo Melli are the other two players who are evaluated on a day-to-day basis, which makes him questionable for the Clippers game. 

Possible Lineup

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (G)

Kira Lewis Jr. (G)

Brandon Ingram (F)

Zion Williamson (F)

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Steven Adams (C) 

Prediction

The Pelicans are a strong team indeed, but they’re yet to settle into a rhythm as a unit. While Zion Williamson is fit, he needs to take over as the team’s top scorer and lead them by example. 

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The LA Clippers are the mighty favorites to win this one, owing to the massive experience they possess in their lineup. With the Pelicans hindered by injuries, it might be yet another loss to what has been a tough start to their 2021 campaign.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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