The Los Angeles Clippers (27-24, 13-13 Away), one of the NBA’s top scoring defenses, head to face the Atlanta Hawks (25-24, 13-10 Home) on Saturday. Los Angeles outplayed the San Antonio Spurs 138-100 at Crypto.com Arena on Thursday, their fourth straight win. Paul George led the way with 35 points and seven assists.
The Clippers are fifth in the Western Conference. Atlanta won on Wednesday at Paycom Center, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 137-132. Trae Young had 33 points and 11 assists, carrying the team. The Hawks are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The teams are meeting for the last time this season. After taking the only earlier season game against Los Angeles 112-108 at Crypto.com Arena on January 8, Atlanta will be looking for a season sweep. Young led the Hawks with 30 points and eight assists.
Kawhi Leonard had 29 points and seven rebounds in defeat. Norman Powell is averaging 16.5 points per game to lead the Clips in scoring this season.
Meanwhile, Ivica Zubac is grabbing 10.3 rebounds per game, eighth-most in the league, and Reggie Jackson is dishing 3.6 assists. Young (27.1 ppg) has supplied much of the Hawks’ offense.
Young also has tallied 9.9 assists per game, second-most in the NBA. John Collins has pulled down 7.8 rebounds per game. The Clippers rank as one of the top scoring defenses in the NBA, third-best with 110.4 points per game allowed.
The Clippers are 4-6 in their last 10 visits to State Farm Arena. Los Angeles has won three in a row on the road this season. In the last 10 games, Los Angeles is 6-4 with an average margin of +5.9 (117.2-111.3).
For the season, the Clippers are averaging 110.7 points per game, compared to 110.4 for opponents. Atlanta has gone 7-3 over the last 10, scoring 118.9 points per game on average while holding opponents to 116.0 (+2.9 margin).
(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Kawhi Leonard: 40.8 | 29.8 | +10.9
Luke Kennard: 6.0 | 12.2 | -6.2
Points per game:
Kawhi Leonard: 29.5 | 20.1 | +9.4
Marcus Morris Sr.: 9.5 | 12.9 | -3.4
Assists per game:
Paul George: 6.8 | 5.3 | +1.5
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Atlanta Hawks (-110)
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