Will Paul George & Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 02/17/2021, 2:00 PM EST
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


The Los Angeles Clippers might be struggling with injuries but have still found a way to win games. With their latest win against the Miami Heat, they now have an overall record of 21 wins and 8 losses and are currently the third seed in the Western Conference.

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The Utah Jazz have proved all their doubters wrong and have established themselves as serious title contenders with wins against top teams like 76ers and Bucks. With their latest win, they continued their amazing eight win streak and have the best record in the league with 23 wins and 5 losses.

The Clippers face off against the Jazz tonight at 10 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 won their fourth game in a row as they defeated the Miami Heat 125-118. It was an impressive win for the Clippers, as players like Marcus Morris and Lou Williams stepped up without their superstars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

They have some major injury concerns ahead of their game against the Jazz. Jay Scrubb, their backup shooting guard, is suffering from a foot injury and is out against the Jazz. Forward Nicolas Batum, who suffered from a concussion against the Bulls, is also out against the Jazz.

Jan 29, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrate a basket to end the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Superstar Paul George is also sidelined against the Jazz as he recovers from a foot injury. Even Kawhi Leonard is questionable as he recovers from a left leg contusion.

The Clippers are plagued by multiple injuries and face a very tough Jazz side. Their role players like Morris and Williams need to be at their best if the Clippers want to defeat the Jazz.

Probable Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Luke Kennard (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Marcus Morris (F)

Serge Ibaka (C)

Utah Jazz injury updates and predicted lineup

The Utah Jazz have been in blazing form with eight wins in a row and defeated the 76ers in their latest 134-123 win. They now have won 19 wins of the last 20 games they have played. The best part for the Jazz has been their balanced roster.

Players like Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson have chipped in on the offense alongside their leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, while Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neal have taken control in the defensive end.

Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slaps the hand of center Rudy Gobert (27) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz wins 108-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz have some minor injury issues. Rookies Elijah Hughes and Udoka Azubuike are out with ankle injuries. Veteran point guard Mike Conley is questionable with a hamstring injury.

The Jazz will be determined to continue their winning form against the injury laden Clippers.

Probable Lineup

Donovan Mitchell (G)

Joe Ingles (G)

Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

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Royce O’Neale (F)

Rudy Gobert (C)

Predictions

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The Jazz have arguably been the best team in the NBA with the best record in the league. They have been a defensive juggernaut and also have been exceptional in the offensive end. Given their form, they are surely the favorites against the Clippers who are missing some key players.

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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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