Will Donovan Mitchell Play Tonight? Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 03/12/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Feb 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes up for a dunk in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Utah Jazz had ended the first half of the season with two successive losses at the hands of the Pelicans and the 76ers. But despite that, the Jazz have a league-best record of 27 wins and 9 losses going into the second half of the season.

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Houston Rockets ended the first half of the season with a 14g-ame losing streak. With such a disappointing form, the Rockets have a record of 11 wins and 24 losses and are the 14th seed in the Western Conference.

The Jazz face off against the Rockets tonight at 10:00 PM EST. Let’s look at the injury updates and predictions for the same.

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Utah Jazz injury updates and predicted lineup

Utah Jazz ended the first half of the season with a disappointing loss to the 76ers, who defeated them 131-123. Despite their loss, the Jazz still have the best record in the NBA and are the first seed in the Western Conference.

Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slaps the hand of center Rudy Gobert (27) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz wins 108-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz have some minor injury issues. Rookie forward Elijah Hughes and center Udoka Azubuike are out against the Rockets with ankle injuries.

The Jazz will have a rather healthy side available against the Rockets. Given the form the Rockets are in, the Jazz should expect an easy win.

Probable Lineup

Mike Conley (G)

Donovan Mitchell (G)

Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

Royce O’Neale (F)

Rudy Gobert (C)

Houston Rockets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Houston Rockets suffered their 14th loss in a row as the Sacramento Kings defeated them 125-105. Given the numerous changes their roster has seen, there disappointing form is understandable.

Jan 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) brings the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The team has some major injury concerns for the upcoming clash. Guard John Wall is out with a knee injury. Backup guards Dante Exum Chris Clemons is also out. Young center, Christian Wood is out as he recovers from an ankle injury.

Eric Gordon, Danuel House, Rodions Kurucs and David Nwaba are also out for the upcoming game against the Jazz.

With such a depleted squad, the Rockets might find it difficult to challenge the in-form Jazz.

Possible Lineup

Kevin Porter Jr. (G)

Victor Oladipo (G)

Jae’Sean Tate (F)

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Sterling Brown (F)

Justin Patton (C)

Predictions

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The Houston Rockets have multiple injuries and given how the Utah Jazz have a fully healthy squad available, the Jazz surely are the heavy favorites against the Rockets in the next game.

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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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