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Kawhi Leonard expected to play, Patrick Beverley out vs. Heat [UPDATE]

Clippers will get All-Star starter back, but won’t have defensive stopper against Miami.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley controls the ball against Orlando Magic forward Wes Iwundu during the first half at Staples Center. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Jan. 24, 6:37 p.m. — Beverley has officially been ruled out by Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

Derrick Walton Jr. should see more minutes with Pat Bev out and Lou Williams of course will play the bulk of the minutes at the point. We could also see Kawhi handling the ball quite a bit consider he’d be a tough matchup for Jimmy Butler.

UPDATE: Jan. 24, 11: 24 a.m. — Kawhi Leonard is expected to return to the lineup Friday vs. the Heat, while Patrick Beverley is doubtful.

Leonard was imply sitting out the second of a B2B for rest. Beverley’s status is much more shaky and it looks like he’ll miss another game. Paul George is making progress, but still seems a ways away from returning.

If anything, Beverley’s absence impacts the betting lines more. The Heat are getting points at home, where they are 20-1 this season. The line was +3 but is now down to +2.5 for Miami. I’d get in on the points now if I were you. The line is only going to shift in favor of the Heat more throughout the day.

UPDATE: Jan. 22, 6:09 p.m. — Beverley is officially out and coach Doc Rivers is figuring out who will replace him in the starting lineup. My guess is it’ll be Lou Williams/Derrick Walton Jr. and Landry Shamet starting in the back court.

Los Angeles Clippers SF/PF Kawhi Leonard, PG Patrick Beverley and SF Paul George are all out Wednesday vs. the Atlanta Hawks.

Kawhi is getting his standard rest on the second of a back-to-back set to manage his knee. Beverley injured his groin in Tuesday’s game vs. the Mavericks, while George has been out the past six games due to a hamstring injury.

Fantasy basketball analysis: Los Angeles Clippers PG/SG Lou Williams

With all three Clippers starters out, the team will likely turn to Lou Will in the starting five. At $7,300 on DraftKings, I think Williams is among the top GPP plays on the slate. He should see over 30 minutes and this is also a hometown narrative with Williams playing in Atlanta, where he grew up. Landry Shamet ($3,800) should be the other starting guard, though we’ve seen Derrick Walton Jr. ($3,000) also in that role.

Montrezl Harrell ($6,800) is the other strong tournament consideration. Really, anyone on the Clippers priced down is considered a decent DFS play. The Hawks could be without Trae Young (thigh), so if that’s the case, we could see a lot of points and a pretty competitive game tonight.