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NBA Matchup: Los Angeles Clippers vs Brooklyn Nets

Date: January 1, 2022

Time: 7:30 PM ET

The Los Angeles Clippers visit New York to play the Brooklyn Nets for the second time in the 2021-22 NBA season. In their last game, the Nets took a 124-104 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Clippers season so far

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their turbulent season as the sixth seed in the western conference. The Clippers have lost three of their last five games as they are averaging 105.0 points being the 27th best offence in the league. LAC is allowing 104.6 points as the 5th best defence in the 2021-22 NBA. In their last game, the Clips were defeated by the rebuilding Toronto Raptors as Fred Vanvleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Ananuby scored 25+ points in a 116-108 victory.

 

The Clippers are led by the incredible Paul George who is having close to an MVP season. PG is averaging 24.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 42.1% from the field and 32.3% from the deep. Reggie Jackson is also having close to a career year as he is putting up 17.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 39.1% from the field and 32.9% from beyond the arc. 

Brooklyn Nets season so far

The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the best teams in the 2021-22 NBA season as the number one seed in the eastern conference with a record of 23 – 10. In the last five games, the Nets have won three games as they defeated the Lakers, Clippers and Sixers. Brooklyn is averaging 110.3 points per game as the 11th best offence in the NBA. Brooklyn has improved their defensive immensely after last season as they are allowing 106.7 points as the 11th best defence in the league.

 

 The Nets are led by the extraordinary Kevin Durant who is averaging 29.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists while shooting 52.4% from the field and 38.1% from the 3-point line. KD is also leading the league in scoring and is on track to win his fifth scoring title. With KD, James Harden has been great for Brooklyn as he averaging 22.4 points while leading the team in rebounds and assists with 8.2 rebounds and 9.8 assists. 

Los Angeles Clippers vs Brooklyn Nets Match Prediction

The Brooklyn Nets are clear favourites to win this game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nets have defeated the Clips in their last matchup comfortably even without Kevin Durant as James Harden dropped 39 points with eight rebounds and 15 assists. Brooklyn dominates LAC in scoring as the 11th best offence in the league while the Clippers trump Nets defensively as they have allowed the fifth least points in the league. But with KD and James Harden in great form and the Clippers missing Paul George, LA stands no chance to defeat the Nets.  

Injury Report

Los Angeles Clippers 

Ivica Zubac – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Nicolas Batum – Ankle – Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
Brandon Boston Jr. – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 3
Moses Wright – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 7
Jay Scrubb – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Isaiah Hartenstein – Ankle – Expected to be out until at least Jan 3
Paul George – Elbow – Expected to be out until at least Jan 15
Jason Preston – Foot – Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
Kawhi Leonard – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Mar 1

Brooklyn Nets

Joe Harris – Ankle – Expected to be out until at least Jan 15
Kyrie Irving -Not Injury Related – Expected to be out until at least Jan 5

How to watch Los Angeles Clippers vs Brooklyn Nets?

The game between Los Angeles Clippers vs Brooklyn Nets will be locally televised by YES and Bally Sports SoCal. Fans can also catch the game on NBA League Pass.

Also read: NBA Injury Update: When Will Anthony Davis Return From MCL Sprain?