2019-20 NBA – Los Angeles Clippers @ New Orleans Pelicans Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Los Angeles Clippers @ New Orleans Pelicans taking place? Saturday 18th January, 2020 – 20:30 (UK)

Where is Los Angeles Clippers @ New Orleans Pelicans taking place? Smoothie King Center

What channel is Los Angeles Clippers @ New Orleans Pelicans on? ABC

Where can I stream Los Angeles Clippers @ New Orleans Pelicans? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for Los Angeles Clippers @ New Orleans Pelicans? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Los Angeles Clippers 134 – 109 New Orleans Pelicans

THE TEAM NEWS

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

  • The Clippers are coming off a 122-95 win over the Orlando Magic, and that result pushed their winning streak to two games. Doc Rivers’ men have posted a 4-1 mark during their last five contests, and they remain one of the top teams in the Western Conference standings with a 29-13 record.
  • Los Angeles should be relatively healthy entering this match, as their lone potential absentee should be Paul George. The star guard is dealing with a hamstring injury and if he sits out Landry Shamet should remain in the starting unit. Maurice Harkless is also questionable due to a back problem.
  • Keep an eye on star forward Kawhi Leonard for the Clippers. The former Toronto Raptors star has been taking on a bigger load offensively due to the absence of George, and the numbers back that up since he is averaging 35.3 points per game during his last four contests.

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

  • Undoubtedly, the Pelicans are on the rise since they have gone 4-1 during their last five contests and their 138-132 overtime win over the Utah Jazz the last time out extended their winning run to two games as well. They are 16-26 in the West standings but are creeping closer and closer towards a potential playoff berth.
  • Star rookie Zion Williamson has been ruled out for this game, but he should be getting closer towards a potential return. Jrue Holiday, J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors should be listed as questionable, while Kenrich Williams and Darius Miller have been ruled out already.
  • Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 49 points against Utah the last time out, and he continues to prove he’s one of the best scorers in the league at the moment. The former Lakers prospect is currently averaging 31.4 points per game over his last five contests.

THE PREDICTION

The Clippers and the Pelicans both enter this game on excellent runs of form having won four of their last five contests, but depth and experience should play a huge role on the development of this contest. While both teams will have to deal with important absences, there’s no question the Pelicans would be weakened overall since they might be without up to three regular starters due to injury. That, and the overall consistency throughout the season, should be enough reason to list the Clippers as favourites entering this matchup.

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