Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? Los Angeles Clippers vs Sacramento Kings: Injury News, Lineup, and Prediction

Published 01/20/2021, 4:00 PM CST
Jan 6, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball next to Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers are in amazing form right now. With four victories in a row, they have cemented themselves as a Western Conference juggernaut, as they have the second best record in the league right now.

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The Kings, despite having a loaded side, have struggled to find form. They are a mess defensively and find themselves dead last with a dismal defensive rating of 121.8 points. Pressure is piling up on Coach Walton who needs to find a way to bring some solidity to the team.

The Clippers face off against the Kings tonight at 10:00 PM EST. Let’s look at the injury reports and the probable lineups of the teams.

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Los Angeles Clippers injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers have bounced back in some style. After a crushing defeat to the Warriors, the Clippers have won four games in a row. They now have a record of 10 wins in the fourteen games they have played.

Jan 6, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) holds onto the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

They have a healthy squad and only have some minor injury concerns. Jay Scrubb, their backup shooting guard, is suffering from a foot injury and is out against the Kings. 3-time Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams, is questionable for the game as he recovers from a hip injury. Center Serge Ibaka is also probable for the game.

The Clippers had a comfortable victory last time they faced the Kings. They will hope that they can replicate the same in their second encounter.

Probable Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Nicolas Batum (F)

Serge Ibaka (C)

Sacramento Kings injury updates and predicted lineup

The Kings find themselves at a precarious position right now. After an impressive win against the Pacers, they have lost three games in succession. This inconsistent form has seen the Kings having one of the worst records in the Western Conference.

December 17, 2020; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside (20) celebrates a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings have some injury concerns. Their rotational forward  DaQuan Jeffries is out with an ankle injury, forward Jabari Parker is out with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, and veteran center Hassan Whiteside is probable against the Clippers as he recovers from a hip injury.

Coach Luke Walton will hope that his team can bounce back and regain some form, with victory against the Clippers.

Probable Lineup

Buddy Hield (G)

De’Aaron Fox (G)

Marvin Bagley III (F)

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Harrison Barnes (F)

Richaun Holmes (C)

Predictions

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The Clippers currently are one of the best teams in the West. They also do not have any major injury concerns coming into the match against the Kings. Coach Ty Lue will hope that the team can have a routine win against the Kings and continue their splendid run of form.

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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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