Los Angeles Clippers
The LA Clippers welcome the Indiana Pacers to 19,000–seater crypto.com Arena on Monday.
Not a lot has gone to plan for LA this season, with Paul George now joining Kawhi Leonard on the sidelines. But the Clippers continue to battle and look poised to be a play–in tournament threat.
Things are bleaker in Indiana where the Pacers are in miserable form and could be heading for a major overhaul at the trade deadline. With LA’s steady home record and Indiana’s struggles on the road, we are following the numbers.
The Clippers’ depth has been severely tested over the past few weeks but there have been encouraging signs from Amir Coffey and Terance Mann in bigger roles, plus an improving Serge Ibaka off the bench.
LA was thumped by the New Orleans Pelicans last week in an ice–cold shooting performance, but the Clippers have the big bodies to slow down the Pacers’ talented frontcourt on Monday. Marcus Morris’ shooting has been up–and–down but he stands out as an X–factor here.
The Pacers’ better moments this season have come with Malcolm Brogdon in attack mode, but the Indiana point guard has been hampered by an Achilles injury. If healthy, his matchup against Reggie Jackson could be decisive.
Lately, the Pacers have looked like a team that knows significant changes are around the corner. Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner have put up solid numbers, but Indiana has been underwhelming on both ends of the court. T.J. Warren (foot) remains out.
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