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Portland Trail Blazers vs. L.A. Clippers Preview and Predictions 12-03-2019


Carmelo Anthony is fitting in nicely with the Portland Trail Blazers, who look to notch their fourth straight win when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. The recently signed Anthony is averaging 17.7 points in six games with Portland since joining the club two weeks ago.

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Anthony is averaging 22.3 points during the three-game winning streak and has made 27-of-47 field-goal attempts during the stretch. The 10-time All-Star had 23 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's 107-103 home win over the Chicago Bulls to notch his 755th career 20-point game, snapping a tie with Oscar Robertson to trail ninth-place Dominique Wilkins by one on the all-time list. The Clippers fell two points shy of matching the franchise record for points in a game when Kawhi Leonard (34 points) and Paul George (31) were both excelling during Sunday's 150-125 triumph over the visiting Washington Wizards. "We just came out a little bit more aggressive as a unit," said stellar Sixth Man Lou Williams, who contributed 22 points and eight assists as the club won for the eighth time in nine games. "We were very efficient on the offensive end. The shots we took a lot of times were ones we wanted to take."

TV: 10 p.m. ET, TNT

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (8-12): Center Hassan Whiteside set a franchise record with 10 blocks in Friday's victory and he also collected 15 rebounds as he owned the interior. "I just think his urgency and his purpose was different," star point guard Damian Lillard said of Whiteside. "I think he played like he was trying to impact the game in the way that we know he can." Whiteside, who was obtained from the Miami Heat in the offseason, is averaging 14.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots in 17 games and has recorded 10 double-doubles.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (15-6): George came out strong with 27 first-half points against Washington after notching a season-low five points on 2-of-11 shooting two nights earlier during a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. "Just shoot more and be aggressive, be in attack mode," George said of his approach during a postgame television interview. "Just play my game and come out and look to score rather than come out and be passive and looking to set up guys. I think once I'm aggressive to score the ball, everything else, my whole game opens up. That's the key moving forward." Reserve power forward Montrezl Harrell added 23 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the campaign.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Leonard recorded 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Clippers earned a 107-101 home victory over the Trail Blazers on Nov. 7.

2. Los Angeles F JaMychal Green (tailbone contusion) is questionable after being hurt against the Wizards.

3. Portland swingman Rodney Hood is averaging 14.2 points on 28-of-42 shooting over the past five games.

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Staples Center
Los Angeles, California, USA.
Capacity: 19,079

Last Injuries

L.A. Clippers

  • Lou Williams

    Calf
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Williams has sat out the previous two games due to a sore right calf, and it is unclear if he will play against the Suns on Tuesday.

  • Patrick Beverley

    Concussion
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Beverley has missed the last two games with a concussion, and it is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Tuesday's tilt versus the Suns.

  • JaMychal Green

    Tailbone
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Green has missed the past four games due to a tailbone contusion, and it is undetermined if he will be available for Tuesday's contest against the Suns.

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Rest
    Out Sat | out

    Leonard will not be available for Saturday's matchup against the Bulls as he has been given a day of rest.

  • Rodney McGruder

    Hamstring
    Prob Fri | probable

    McGruder has been out of the lineup due to a right hamstring strain, but he is expected to return Friday versus the Timberwolves.

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Knee
    Prob Wed | probable

    Leonard was held out of the previous game with left knee soreness, but it is projected that he will draw back into the lineup against the Raptors on Wednesday.

  • Patrick Patterson

    Back
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Patterson sat out the previous game with back spasms, and it is unknown if he will play Monday versus the Pacers.

  • JaMychal Green

    Tailbone
    Prob Sun | probable

    Green has missed the previous two games with a tailbone contusion, but he is likely to line up Sunday versus the Wizards.

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Nassir Little

    Back
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Little sat out the previous game with back spasms, and it is unknown if he will be available for Monday's battle against the Suns.

  • Jusuf Nurkic

    Leg
    Mid Feb | out

    Nurkic is recovering from surgeries to repair compact fractures in both his left tibia and fibula. He is expected to be out of action until the All-Star break.

  • Rodney Hood

    Achilles
    out for season | out

    Hood tore his left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

  • Skal Labissiere

    Achilles
    Prob Tues | probable

    Labissiere is likely to be available Tuesday versus the Knicks after recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

  • Gary Trent Jr.

    Hamstring
    Prob Tues | probable

    Trent Jr. has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain, but he is expected to return against the Knicks on Tuesday.