The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for a blockbuster between LA Clippers and Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center.
12:00 (AEDT), Mon 22nd Feb @ Staples Center, Los Angeles
History: Played 93: Nets 50 V Clippers 43
Last meeting: February 2, 2021: Nets 124 d Clippers 120 at Barclays Center
Final Thoughts: Big guns LA Clippers and Brooklyn Nets wrap up their regular season series at Staples Center.
The Nets took out the heavyweights’ clash earlier this month 124-120. Kyrie Irving had 39 points, James Harden put up a triple-double and Kevin Durant contributed 28 points and 9 rebounds to the Brooklyn-hosted victory. Kawhi Leonard (33 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast, 4 stl) was the best of the beaten Clippers, who led at the end of each of the first three quarters.
Both teams bring considerable momentum into the return clash in Los Angeles.
The 22-9 Clippers have won five of their last six. They went down 114-96 to Utah last week with Leonard and Paul George sidelined. But the superstar duo returned to help sink the streaking, West-leading Jazz 116-112 two days later.
The Nets have won five straight, with Harden spearheading away wins over the Suns (38 pts, 11 ast) and Lakers (23 pts, 11 ast) in recent days. Durant remains in the casualty ward with a hamstring complaint.
The likes of sharpshooter Joe Harris have emerged as key role-players for the 19-12 Nets, who are looking more like East champs as the season wears on. They are 8-7 on the road but have won their last four away games.
The Clippers – who can spy an opportunity to dethrone the Lakers in the West in the wake of Anthony Davis’ injury – are 11-5 at home.
In what should be a high-quality, close-fought clash, I like the Nets with a big start here.
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