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Will Luka Doncic Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

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The Utah Jazz extended their impeccable winning form with their ninth win in a row in a blowout victory against the Orlando Magic. The Jazz are well above every team in the NBA and have a league-best record of 38 wins and 11 losses.

The Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, put on an all-round clinic against the Washington Wizards. The Mavs now have a record of 27 wins and 21 losses and find themselves at the seventh spot of the Western Conference. The Jazz face off against the Mavericks tonight at 7:00 PM EST. Take a look at the injury updates and predictions for the same.

Dallas Mavericks: Injury updates and expected lineup

The injury bug might have latched on to the Mavericks, but the team is certainly unphased by the same. They won their fourth game in a row as they beat the Wizards 109-87.

Mar 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Richardson (0) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrate during the third quarter against the LA Clippers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks will miss multiple players because of injuries. Shooter JJ Reddick is recovering from a heel injury, while guard Tyrell Terry is out due to personal reasons. Forward Maxi Kleber is sidelined due to a leg injury while backup center Willie Cauley-Stein is out due to medical protocols.

Guard Josh Richardson and center Kristaps Porzingis are both doubtful as they are recovering from a hamstring and wrist injury, respectively.

The Mavs face a Jazz side that has looked unstoppable this season. Stopping Utah will require some doing, especially from guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Luka Doncic.

Predicted Lineup

Luka Doncic (G)

Jalen Brunson (G)

Tim Hardaway Jr. (G)

Dorian Finney-Smith (F)

Kristaps Porzingis (C)

Utah Jazz: Injury updates and predicted lineup

The Jazz have been absolutely unstoppable since the All-Star break. With a blowout 137-91 victory against the Magic, the Jazz now have 9 wins in a row and are unbeaten at home this calendar year with 22 wins.

Feb 9, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dribbles the ball against Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz will also miss out on several players because of injuries. Rookie forward Elijah Hughes and center Udoka Azubuike are sidelined due to illness and an ankle injury, respectively. Guard Matt Thomas and forward Juwan Morgan are also out against the Mavericks.

The Jazz have a rather healthy roster available against the Mavs. Given their unstoppable form, they are in the driver’s seat for a victory.

Probable Lineup

Mike Conley (G)

Donovan Mitchell (G)

Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

Royce O’Neale (F)

Rudy Gobert (C)

Predictions

The Mavericks are in a good run of form right now, but face a Jazz side that is absolutely buzzing with confidence. With the form Utah is in and the injuries the Mavericks have, the Jazz are the clear favorites in this matchup.

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