Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks fly out to Vancouver for their last assignment before the 2019-20 NBA regular season with both the teams facing each other at Rogers Arena.
Dallas will head into the new season without having the legendary Dirk Nowitzki on their roster for the first time in 22 years. The 41-year-old German has been the face of the franchise for more than the last decade, and his shoes will surely be too big to fill for any player looking to lead this side.
But Dallas are already looking towards the future with optimism. The squad may be young, the first sign of a team’s potential, but the roster is impressively talented. In Luka Doncic, Mavericks have the reigning rookie of the year, while Kristaps Porzingis is a proven talent who will be hungry to make amends for the time lost to injuries.
Los Angeles Clippers have set the bar high for themselves this season following the arrival of both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. These are the players for whom anything less than the ultimate glory will ve a disaster.
But what sets the Clippers apart from most of the teams in NBA this season is their 2nd unit. Lou Williams can challenge any star starters with his numbers from the bench, while Maurice Harkless, Ivica Zubac and Landry Shamet can make the difference to any roster.
Match Timing: October 18, @ 08:00 AM IST
Venue – Rogers Arena
DAL vs LAC DREAM11 Team News:
Los Angeles Clippers–
Kawhi Leonard has featured for just 11 minutes for the Los Angeles Clippers in the preseason. He was rested for the last game against Melbourne as well. But Leonard should be in the starting line-up here.
Paul George remains on the sidelines as he recovers from an injury. The Clippers fans will have to wait a little more to see him in action, with the players himself targetting a return somewhere in November.
Landry Shamet and Patrick Beverley both suffered a wrist and calf injury respectively against Melbourne. The duo will be assessed before the match.
Los Angeles Clippers squad for the NBA Pre-Season 2019:
Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Beverley, Maurice Harkless, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, Rodney McGruder, JaMychal Green, Jerrome Robinson, Landry Shamet, Mfiondu Kabengele, Patrick Patterson, Terance Mann, Donte Grantham, Derrick Walton
Dallas Mavericks –
Dallas could be without a host of first-team players for their last preseason game against Los Angeles Clippers.
Dwight Powell and Dorian-Finney Smith are both listed as doubtful for this game.
Former Portland Trail Blazers star Seth Curry exited the game against Oklahoma City Thunder due to a knee contusion and remains a doubt for this match.
In addition, Jalen Brunson was held out from the Thunder game due to a hamstring injury. He will be assessed before the game.
Dallas Mavericks squad for the NBA Pre-Season 2019:
Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jalen Brunson, Ryan Broekhoff, Isaiah Roby, Delon Wright, Seth Curry, Justin Jackson, Maxi Kleber, Josh Reaves, Antonius Cleveland, Dakota Mathias, Boban Marjanovic, Courtney Lee, Dorian Finney-Smith, Aric Holman, Baba, Dwight Powell, J.J. Barea
DAL vs LAC Dream11 Playing Team (Probable 5) :
DAL– Justin Jackson / Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber, Luka Doncic, Delon Wright
LAC– Kawhi Leonard, JaMychal Green, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, Maurice Harkless
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DAL vs LAC Dream11 Predictions:
If Clippers decide to rest Kawhi Leonard, and Maverics line up with both Porzingis and Doncic, then Dallas may have enough to edge Clippers out in this match.