Western Conference rivals Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rocket kick start their preparation for the 2019-20 NBA season with a practice game in Hawaii.
It may be a game in the pre-season, both the teams will still be looking to get one over each other.
Rockets and Clippers have both added big-name stars to their roster. Mike D’Antoni will have Russell Westbrook this season at his disposal, while Doc Rivers will be working with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this season.
Match Timing: October 04, @ 10:30 AM IST
Venue – Stan Sheriff Center
HOU vs LAC DREAM11 Team News:
Los Angeles Clippers –
Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are both doubtful for the match. It’s a big disappointment for the Hawaii fans who flocked in numbers to make this game sold out within hours.
Doc Rivers said that Leonard could miss Clippers’ both games in Hawaii as the two-time NBA finals MVP recovers from an illness, while George is recovering from an ankle issue.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari went to Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade which saw Paul George becoming a Clipper.
Los Angeles Clippers squad for the 2019 NBA pre-season:
Paul George, Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, Rodney McGruder, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Beverley, Patrick Patterson, Terance Mann, Maurice Harkless, Lou Williams, JaMychal Green, Jerrome Robinson, Landry Shamet, Mfiondu Kabengele, Donte Grantham, Derrick Walton
Houston Rockets –
Mike D’Antoni said that Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the first two preseason games for Houston Rockets. The 30-year-old former NBA MVP is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery he had last May.
But the good piece of news for Rockets fans is that James Harden will be hitting the court in this game. The 2018 NBA MVP will play for around 20-25 minutes in the match, Antoni said.
That said, Rockets will be without three more players in the form of Anthony Bennett (tendinitis), Shamorie Ponds (thigh) and Michael Frazier (ankle) all will be assessed before the game.
While Chris Paul is an Oklahoma City Thunder player now as Rockets made him part of the deal which saw Russell Westbrook joining Houston.
Houston Rockets: James Harden, Isaiah Hartenstein, Ryan Anderson, Jaron Blossomgame, Clint Capela, Gary Clark, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, Thabo Sefolosha, P. J. Tucker, Shamorie Ponds, Anthony Bennett, Michael FrazierChris Clemons, Eric Gordon, Gerald Green, Danuel House
HOU vs LAC Dream11 Playing Team (Probable 5) :
LAC – Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, JaMychal Green / Ivica Zubac,
HOU – Danuel House, P. J. Tucker, Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, James Harden
HOU vs LAC Dream11 Fantasy Picks:
James Harden: Averaged 36.5 in the regular season, the most in the league. He is one of the best and will surely be amongst the highest scorer in this game, provided he clocks significant minutes here.
Lou Williams: Was the only player to touch the 20 points per game mark from the bench last season. With both Leonard and George joing the team, he will be looking to make a spot of his own in this team.
Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell: The duo has the habit of popping up with big numbers.
HOU vs LAC Dream11 teams:
Captain: James Harden
HOU vs LAC Dream11 Predictions:
Houston Rockets are expected to edge Los Angeles Clippers out having near about at full strength in this game.