It’s been a dark day for the Utah Jazz lately. The Cleveland Cavaliers are unlikely to be a light at the end of an unfortunately long tunnel. the Cavs (23-16) have been one of the NBA’s most pleasant surprises throughout 2021-22. They field an unorthodox jumbo lineup with Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley and Lauri Markkanen.

This lineup may go against league-wide trends, but coupled with the exceptional play of third-year general Darius Garland, it paid off.

With so much length in that Cavs frontcourt, it’s fair to say the Jazz (28-13) could probably use Rudy Gobert. They won’t have it. Instead, they’ll need Hassan Whiteside to replicate more of his impact than he was able to in their last game against the Detroit Pistons.

This is, to say the least, a tall order.

Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers odds tonight

According to WynnBet, the Jazz are the 6-point favorites to earn a win tonight and the -260-point favorites at the money line. The Cavaliers are +210 money line underdogs.

The over/under is currently at 223.0 points.

Utah Jazz starting lineup

The Jazz will arguably be their most important player in Rudy Gobert, but all other starters will be available. Look for Quin Snyder to deploy his usual line-up of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale and Hassan Whiteside.

Utah Jazz Injury Report

Apart from Gobert (shoulder), the Jazz will be without Joe Ingles (conditioning), Jared Butler (protocols), Malik Fitts and Udoka Azubuike in this contest.

Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction

Sorry, Utah Jazz fans. We cannot in good conscience predict a victory for this team tonight.

The Jazz have struggled in Gobert’s absence, and this Cavs team is tailor-made to exploit that. They actually start three centers, and it works. Lauri Markkanen is a more than adequate ground spacer and Evan Mobley is a versatile defender. The sheer size of the Cavs is capable of deploying numbers every night to overwhelm a jazz team without their star center.

Expect the Jazz to drop their fourth straight contest tonight. Better days will be ahead when Gobert and Ingles return and that jazz crew is back in full force.

Prediction: Cavaliers 114, Jazz 106.

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Utah Jazz vs. Cleveland Cavaliers TV Channel

Cleveland fans can check out Bally Sports Ohio for this contest. Meanwhile, Utah fans should turn to AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain

Utah Jazz schedule and next game

The Utah Jazz may need a break more than any NBA team. Fortunately, they have one. They won’t return until Jan. 16 against the Denver Nuggets

After that, they will face the Los Angeles Lakers on the 18th. They will host the struggling Houston Rockets at the end of a straight game after that. After that contest, they will host the Detroit Pistons on January 21 before heading to the Bay Area for a highly anticipated rematch with the Golden State Warriors.