Will Donovan Mitchell Play Tonight? Utah Jazz vs San Antonio Spurs Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/03/2021, 5:00 PM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives to the hoop past Minnesota Timberwolves guard R (11) in the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


The San Antonio Spurs face the Utah Jazz tonight at 7:00 PM EST. The Spurs have had a dismal week as they suffered from three successive defeats. First, they lost to the Pelicans, then they suffered from two successive defeats at the hands of the Lakers. They will hope that they can bounce back to winning ways in their next match.

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The Utah Jazz, on the other hand, have had some impressive wins against the Clippers and Trail Blazers. They have looked like a solid side, both offensively and defensively.

Ahead of the match, let’s take a look at the injury updates and the probable lineups of both the teams.

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Utah Jazz injury updates and predicted lineup

The Utah Jazz are coming off of a fabulous win against the Clippers. The team now has a record of three victories and two losses. They are showing signs of an all-round team now.

Dec 17, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) drives to the basket between LA Clippers guard Terance Mann (left), LA Clippers guard Luke Kennard (5), forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (33) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz only have a few players who are might miss the game against the Spurs. Their backup center, Derrick Favors, is doubtful, as he suffers from a knee injury. Apart from Favors, their forward Royce O’Neale is also doubtful for the game due to a right knee bruise he suffered against the Clippers.

With a fit duo of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Jazz will hope to maintain this winning form.

Probable Lineup

Mike Conley (G)

Donovan Mitchell (G)

Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

Royce O’Neale (F)

Rudy Gobert (C)

San Antonio Spurs injury updates and predicted lineup

The San Antonio Spurs suffered from two successive losses at the hands of the champions Los Angeles Lakers. Given the start they had, they will be disappointed to suffer from two losses in a row.

Although the team looked flustered in the first game against the Lakers, they were much better in the second game and were within touching distance of the champions for the majority of the game. They now have a record of two wins and three losses.

Dec 26, 2020; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) passes the ball in the fourth quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is listed as questionable for their clash against Jazz. Rotation guards Derrick White and Quinndary Weatherspoon will also miss the game against the Jazz with a toe injury and a knee injury, respectively.

They will look to make a comeback from the losses, but will face a tough opposition in Jazz.

Probable Lineup

DeJounte Murray (G)

Lonnie Walker IV (G)

DeMar DeRozan (F)

Keldon Johnson (F)

Jakob Poeltl (C)

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Predictions

The Jazz have had some great performances in this regular season. With no major injuries to their superstars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert and the return of sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic, the Jazz look like a much more balanced side.

The Spurs, meanwhile, are missing a pretty big star in LaMarcus Aldridge. They saw some decent performances initially, but three losses in a row is surely a blow to any team’s confidence.

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Prediction: The Utah Jazz have a comfortable win against the San Antonio Spurs.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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