Will Donovan Mitchell Play Tonight? Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks : Injury Updates, Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/29/2021, 4:00 PM EST
Jan 19, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes to the basket during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports


The Utah Jazz has been the brightest team in the Western Conference aside from the obvious favorites. The team has established a strong start, which is working well in their favor. As Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert look to extend their winning run, they once again take on the Dallas Mavericks to complete their mini-series. 

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Venue: Vivint Arena

Time:  8:00 PM ET (January 29, 2021)

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It was the Jazz that came out victorious when these two met on Wednesday. Utah played without their leading scorer Donovan Mitchell but comfortably soared to their 10th straight victory to climb atop the Western Conference table. 

Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks: Injury Updates and Lineups

Jazz

Utah is a team on a mission this season, and their game is just incredible. There seems to be no rift between teammates, and they’re early favorites to cause an upset in the West. Rudy Gobert is thriving with his game, and Mitchell has been sensational, despite all the negativity

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

Moreover, their roster isn’t drastically affected by injuries. They have Trent Forrest and Elijah Hughes sidelined against the Mavs, but Mitchell and Derrick Favors will probably make a comeback to the court. 

Possible Lineup

Mike Conley (G)

Donovan Mitchell (G)

Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

Royce O’Neale (F) 

Rudy Gobert (C) 

Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks aren’t enjoying their campaign quite as much. The team has lost their previous three games and would look to bounce back against the Jazz on Friday. Luka Doncic has been filling the stat sheet, but the Mavs are struggling to make a mark early in the season. 

Maxi Kleber will not be a part of the roster against Utah, as he’s been ruled out due to health and safety protocols. However, Dallas should improve their defense to complement their strong offensive system in order to win more games. 

Possible Lineup

Luka Doncic (G)

Josh Richardson (G)

Tim Hardaway Jr. (F) 

Dorian Finney-Smith (F) 

Kristaps Porzingis (C) 

Prediction

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The Utah Jazz has the upper hand in this fixture, having beaten the Mavs a couple of days ago. It will obviously boost the team’s momentum going into the game, and they have a chance to make it a 2-0 sweep.

Jan 1, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts after a basket against the LA Clippers in the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Utah is flying high on talent and as such the team’s overall confidence is also high. Every asset is providing the required input that is helping the team stay consistent. Unless Doncic and Porzingis fire big in the returning fixture, we’ve got the Jazz winning this one! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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