Will Paul George Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs Chicago Bulls: Injury Updates, Lineups and Predictions

Published 02/12/2021, 12:00 PM EST
Jan 29, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) shoots the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the third quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Clippers travel to the Windy City, as they face the Chicago Bulls. They will face each other at the United Center at 8 pm EST tonight. It is their second matchup after the previous one ended in defeat for the Bulls.

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The Clippers ended a two-game losing streak on Wednesday against the Timberwolves. The injury to Paul George has considerably weakened the team, but Kawhi Leonard stepped up last time to ensure the win. The Clippers will have to win to keep the pressure on the Lakers, who are currently the #2 seed.

The Bulls have been very inconsistent since the start of the season. They have been unable to build on wins and currently have a 10-14 record. They beat the Pelicans in their last game, following a Zach LaVine masterclass. The Bulls haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2017 and will be keen to end this barren run.

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LA Clippers expected lineup

Paul George’s toe injury will keep him on the sidelines for a few more days. Rookie Daniel Oturu (quadriceps) is listed as questionable but is unlikely to play. Jay Scrubb (foot) will also miss the game.

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

Patrick Beverley and Reggie Jackson will start as their guards, Kawhi Leonard and Nicolas Batum will start as their forwards, while Serge Ibaka will start as their center.

Chicago Bulls expected lineup

Lauri Markkanen (shoulder), Otto Porter Jr. (back), and Chandler Hutchison (personal) are all out for the game. Wendell Carter Jr. has been upgraded to questionable, but he is also unlikely to play tonight.

Feb 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots a free throw against the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Their lineup will feature Coby White and Zach LaVine as their guards, Denzel Valentine and Patrick Williams as their forwards, with Daniel Gafford as their center.

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Predictions

While George is a big miss for the Clippers, the Bulls are worse affected by injuries. They are missing three of their starters and that makes them second favorites for the game. The battle of Williams and Leonard will be the most anticipated one. The Bulls rookie has been dubbed as a young Kawhi, so his matchup against the two-time Finals MVP will be interesting.

The Bulls’ hopes rest on another LaVine masterclass, but it is unlikely to stop a Clippers win tonight.

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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.

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