Fixture: Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 8:30 PM ET (Wednesday, 1:30 AM GMT)
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas
The last time Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers in the season, the Mavericks were completely outplayed with their star man Luka Doncic having one of the worst games of the season. Doncic has been otherwise exceptional in his sophomore season. He is one of the contenders to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award this season. The 20-year old is averaging 28.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game in the season so far.
The Mavericks look well equipped to make mends to what had happened when they met earlier in the season. They are expected to return to full strength with Kristaps Porzingis getting closer to coming back from injury. Also, the Clippers playing without Paul George will be an added advantage for the Mavericks.
George is reported to be coming back on the bench for Tuesday’s game and is expected to feature in their upcoming string of road trips. The Clippers have won their last three games, taking their wins tally in the season to 30. Kawhi Leonard has been pivotal for the Clippers in the absnece of Paul George. In their last game against New Orleans Pelicans, Leonard came up with 39 points, six assists and six rebounds, apart from contributing six steals.
The game against Mavericks will be the second of seven consecutive road trips for the Clippers.
Injuries: Kristaps Porzingis (Knee)- Questionable, Ryan Broekhoff (Head)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell
Los Angeles Clippers-
Injuries: Paul George (Hamstring)- Questionable, Maurice Harkless (Back)- Probable
Expected starting line-up: Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, Kawhi Leonard, Rodney McGruder, Ivica Zubac
With Porzingis making a return for Dallas and George out for the Clippers, the home side might just make it past their Conference rivals on Tuesday.
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