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Clippers meet the Pelicans in play-in game

April 14, 2022 GMT

New Orleans Pelicans (36-46, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (42-40, eighth in the Western Conference)

Los Angeles; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT

PLAY-IN GAME: The Clippers and Pelicans square off to decide the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Clippers host the New Orleans Pelicans for the NBA Playoffs Play-In Tournament. The winner claims the eighth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

The Clippers are 26-26 in conference games. Los Angeles is second in the NBA shooting 37.4% from downtown, led by Isaiah Hartenstein shooting 46.7% from 3-point range.

The Pelicans are 25-27 in conference play. New Orleans ranks third in the league with 12.0 offensive rebounds per game led by Jonas Valanciunas averaging 3.1.

TOP PERFORMERS: Reggie Jackson is scoring 16.8 points per game and averaging 3.6 rebounds for the Clippers. Robert Covington is averaging 3.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

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Valanciunas is scoring 17.8 points per game and averaging 11.4 rebounds for the Pelicans. CJ McCollum is averaging 21.3 points and 3.6 rebounds over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

LAST 10 GAMES:

INJURIES: Clippers: Kawhi Leonard: out (knee), Jason Preston: out (foot), Jay Scrubb: out for season (toe).

Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.