Will Zion Williamson Play Tonight? Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/19/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Jan 8, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks the ball against Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) during the third quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


The New Orleans Pelicans will play against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at 9:00 PM ET. Utah is on a five-game winning streak and playing at an elite level. But can they maintain this form against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans?

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To be honest, the Pelicans haven’t had the best start to the season. They are just 5-7 so far and need to reevaluate themselves to get back in the playoff race. But playing against a strong team such as the Utah Jazz won’t be an easy task for them.

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Furthermore, Donovan Mitchell is playing lights out this season. After signing a massive deal in the offseason, he is elevating his game to the next level.

Utah Jazz injury updates and lineup prediction

Dec 12, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) prepares for their game against the Phoenix Suns at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Currently, Mitchell is producing 23.2 points, coupled with 5.0 assists per game. He is carrying the team on his back, as they have won 9 out of their 13 games so far. As for their injuries are concerned, Joe Ingles is listed as questionable for the game. Along with him, Derrick Favors is probable for the matchup as well.

Keeping the injuries in mind, the predicted lineup for the Utah Jazz is Mike Conley (G), Donovan Mitchell (G), Bojan Bogdanovic (F), Royce O’Neale (F), and Rudy Gobert (C).

New Orleans Pelicans injury updates and lineup prediction

Dec 25, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) controls the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Pelicans are struggling to perform at a consistent level in the first half of the season. They have a lethal lineup, but due to the lack of 3-point shooting, opponents have been shutting them down. If they want to change their fortunes, they need to develop that aspect of their game.

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For their game vs the Jazz, Lonzo Ball is still listed as questionable. Apart from Lonzo, their entire team is healthy and ready to put on the uniform. So the expected lineup for the Pelicans is Eric Bledsoe (G), Josh Hart (G), Brandon Ingram (F), Zion Williamson (F), and Steven Adams (C).

Game prediction

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Considering the current form of both sides, Utah should be able to register their 10th victory of the season. Their superstar Donovan Mitchell is in excellent touch and should have no problems in helping them win another game.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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