Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs Charlotte Hornets: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/20/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Mar 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket as Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

LA Clippers are back at home as they host the Charlotte Hornets. Both teams are coming off a loss and are hoping to bounce back. The Mavericks dismantled the Clippers in their last game, while the Hornets fell to the Lakers.


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Date & Time: March 20, 2021, 8:30pm ET

Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California


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Preview | LA Clippers

The LA Clippers, who once looked like they were on their way to overtake the #1 seed, are struggling for the last two months. They are 10-11 since they began February with a loss against the Nets.

They have also been poor away from home and have lost five out of their last six road games. So, they will hope tonight’s game helps them to end this miserable run and regain momentum.

Unfortunately for the Clippers, Patrick Beverley is still on the sidelines with a knee injury. Serge Ibaka could make his return after missing the last two games with a back injury.

Mar 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates with teammates during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Clippers

Guard – Reggie Jackson

Guard – Paul George

Forward – Kawhi Leonard

Forward – Marcus Morris Sr

Center – Ivica Zubac

Preview | Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets are set to play their second game in a row at the STAPLES. They lost to the Lakers here on Thursday and will be keen to avoid another loss.

They showed some fight in that game but were unable to cut down their early deficit and lost by nine points. The Hornets went on a good run to get their record above .500, but a loss tonight could see them go down to 20-21.

They were injury-free for a while, but Cody Zeller got injured in their last game. He is likely to miss a few days with his shoulder injury. The rest of the team is fit and available for the clash tonight.

Mar 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) celebrates his basket scored with guard Terry Rozier (3) against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Hornets

Guard – Terry Rozier

Guard – LaMelo Ball

Forward – Gordon Hayward

Forward – P.J. Washington

Center – Bismack Biyombo 

Predictions | Clippers vs Hornets


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While both teams are struggling for momentum entering the game, the Clippers have a lot more quality in their roster. The Hornets have proved themselves with a few upsets, but their sting has been neutralized in the last few games.

So, the Clippers are likely to come away with a win, as they aim to start a winning run.


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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.