New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers: Match Preview and Predictions - 24th November 2019

The Clippers look deadly with Paul George in the starting lineup
The Clippers look deadly with Paul George in the starting lineup

Match details

Fixture: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers

Date and time: Sunday, 24 November 2019, 09:00 PM ET

Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Last game results

New Orleans Pelicans (6-10): 120-128 loss against the Utah Jazz (23rd November, Saturday)

Los Angeles Clippers (11-5): 122-119 win against the Houston Rockets (22nd November, Friday)

New Orleans Pelicans Preview

While the Pelicans will be looking to close out their three-game road trip with a win in Los Angeles, it is not going to be an easy task for sure. They have been battling injuries for a while and will be waiting for the return of players like Josh Hart, Derrick Favors and Jahlil Okafor.

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The Pelicans are currently one of the worst defensive teams in the league and for them to keep their playoffs hopes alive, Alvin Gentry will need to concentrate more on the defensive scheme of things.

Key Player - Brandon Ingram

Golden State Warriors v New Orleans Pelicans
Golden State Warriors v New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans were able to bounce back from a terrible from 1-7 start and the main reason for the turnaround is one man named Brandon Ingram, who has been carrying the load on both on both ends of the floor for the Pelicans.

Ingram is having his career best season and is averaging an impressive 26.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game on red-hot 51.6% shooting. The 22-year-old is also doing a great job of finding open teammates this year to rack up assists.

Pelicans predicted lineup

Jaxson Hayes, JJ Redick, Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday, Kenrich Williams

Los Angeles Clippers Preview

With the arrival of Paul George in the starting lineup, this Clippers team has only become more powerful and is looking spooky at the moment. They are on a four-game win streak and will be looking to end their five-game homestand with a clean 5-0 record before going on a three-game road trip.

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The Clippers showed what their defense can do to the opposition teams in the clutch when they beat the Houston Rockets 122-119 for their most recent win. They double teamed Harden in the clutch and stopped the Rockets from walking away with the win.

Key Player - Paul George

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Clippers
Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Clippers

Paul George is back and this is not a good news for the league as the forward has been showing why he is one of the top five two-way players in the sport, by bringing the intensity on both ends of the floor on a nightly basis.

In the game against his former team Oklahoma City Thunder, George hit a clutch three-pointer that sealed the win for the Clippers. Playing alongside Kawhi Leonard, Paul will have a good shot at winning the championship this year.

Clippers predicted lineup

Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Mo Harkless

Pelicans vs Clippers match prediction

Things are not expected to be easy for the Pelicans when they play a stacked Clippers team at the Staples Center. Last time they met was earlier this season, which was also Paul George's season debut game and he erupted for 33 points. The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard and lost the game 132-127.

It is worth mentioning that the Pelicans were also shorthanded that night as they played the game without Brandon Ingram but showed the roster depth this team boasts of. However, this will be a different game with both Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Ingram on the court and expect the Clippers pull away late in the fourth quarter to register their fifth straight win.

Where to watch Pelican vs Clippers?

The game will not be broadcast on national television but you can catch the local coverage of the game on FOX Sports New Orleans and FOX SPORTS PRIME TICKET. Additionally, you can also live stream the game via NBA League Pass.

Edited by A. Ayush Chatterjee
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