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Clippers vs. Pacers preview and game thread: Can LA take win streak out on road?

No Kawhi as Clips try to keep rolling.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Clippers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Clippers are on a five-game winning streak and on Tuesday, they are back out on the road after a very long homestand, when they’ll face the Indiana Pacers in the midwest.

Both teams are on winning streaks heading into this one, so you know what that means: Something has to give.


Game Information

When: Tuesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. PT

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

How to watch/listen: TNT, Bally Sports SoCal

Opposing perspective: Indy Cornrows

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers (37-18): Luke Kennard, Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac, Reggie Jackson, Paul George

Pacers (25-27): Justin Holiday, Edmond Sumner, Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert, Malcolm Brogdon

Injuries/Absences

Clippers: Serge Ibaka (lower back), Patrick Beverley (hand), Kawhi Leonard (foot) — OUT

Pacers: Myles Turner (ankle), T.J. Warren (foot) — OUT


The Clippers wrapped up their long residency with a win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, the game staying a bit close for comfort before the home side pulled ahead in the 4th quarter. It was another game for the team’s depth to shine, with Leonard joining Patrick Beverley and Serge Ibaka out on the night, but Paul George and Nicolas Batum led the way for the Clippers.

They’ll face a Pacers team that has won three straight games, most recently a 132-125 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. Caris LeVert had his best game to date with the Pacers, scoring 34, while Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon had well-rounded games themselves, each player nearly notching a triple-double.

LA are set to miss Leonard, Beverley and Ibaka once again, which could hurt them out on the road against Indiana, but George is coming off a Player of the Week award and is going back to the city where his NBA career started. I certainly don’t think a victory is a foregone conclusion, but given how well the Clippers have played lately as a team, a bit of a tougher test after some favorable opponents is good for the team as they start to gear up for the playoffs.