The Los Angeles Clippers are in the east for a lengthy six-game road trip. It begins in Atlanta on Tuesday night, and concludes on February 3 in Boston against the Celtics. They welcome the Celtics to the Staples Center on February 5 for the Clippers first game back home following this road trip. The Clippers head into Atlanta on a seven-game winning streak.
Their most recent loss was back on January 8 against the Golden State Warriors. They are under ten days away from going a full month without a loss. In their most recent outing, the Clipper dispatched the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 108-100 on Sunday.
Kawhi Leonard went off for 34 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. The former Raptor, teamed up with a teammate in Toronto, Serge Ibaka, to lead the Clippers in that contest. Ibaka was effective with 17 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Clippers to another win. The Clippers are hitting their stride and have moved up to 13-4 on the season.
They can move into a tie with the Lakers at 14-4 with a victory on Tuesday night in Atlanta. The Clippers will have to do it without not only Kawhi Leonard, but Paul George as well. Both are going to be out for at least a week for Covid-19 contract tracing. Bad break for the Clippers, but an important step to take to prevent a full blown breakout. When that happens, a team can sit on the sidelines for weeks.
Just ask the Washington Wizards, who only recently returned to the court after a lengthy break because of Covid-19. The Clippers will be without Leonard and George tonight against a young and hungry Atlanta Hawks squad. The Hawks are coming off a 129-115 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. That ended a three-game winning streak for the Hawks, and pushed them back to .500 at 8-8 on the season. Head below for our free Clippers vs. Hawks pick on January 26, 2021.
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The Hawks could be without Trae Young and Clint Capela on Tuesday night against the Clippers. We know Kawhi Leonard and Paul Georger are out for the Clippers, but we’re unsure about Young and Capela after both missed the Bucks game. If De’Andre Hunter, who looks like a budding star in the making, has his way again, then the Hawks would likely be fine.
Hunter scored 33 points in the loss and the Bucks. He and John Collins did all of the damage for the Hawks, as Collins eclipsed 30 points as well. Hunter, a member of the 2019 National Champion Virginia Cavaliers, is being a massive threat for opposing defenses. He’s averaged 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds so far this season. The 23-year-old has the talent to bang in the paint and connect from deep.
The sophomore is shooting 52% from the field, and is dangerous from three at 39.1% from beyond the three-point line. Without Kawhi to clog up lanes defensively, expect Hunter to have another big night at the office in this one. The Hawks are 13th in the NBA with 112.4 points and 13th in points against per game with 110.1 conceded.
We can talk about how great the Clippers are statistically, but it’s irrelevant without Leonard and George in the lineup. No, the Clippers aren’t going to just fold in this game, they still have talent on the floor. Having said that, I don’t see Serge Ibaka and Lou Williams carrying the load in this one. At the beginning of a long road trip, look for this to be a perfect letdown spot for the Clippers. I’m backing the Hawks and laying the points in Atlanta.