There is no rest for the weary NBA, no matter how much the Utah Jazz may need a break. At least they’re playing against the Detroit Pistons tonight.
The Jazz (28-12) have lost two games in a row, but that does not say everything. In the first of those losses, against the Toronto Raptors, the team had no starters available. In the second, against the Indiana Pacers, most came back. Yet they were arguably missing their most important player in Rudy Gobert.
Unfortunately, this is projected as a trend in the future. Gobert is treating a shoulder injury that could keep him out of rotation for an extended period. Nevertheless, the Pistons (8-30) are one of the worst teams in the National Basketball Association. The suffocating tower may not need to defend itself against their inexperienced attack.
Utah Jazz vs Detroit Pistons odds tonight
According to WynnBet, the Jazz are the 12.5 point favorites to claim a win tonight and a -750 point favorite on the silver line. The Pistons are underdogs of +500 Money Line.
The over / under is currently at 225.0.
Starting lineup of Utah Jazz
The Jazzmen will be missed by Rudy Gobert, but otherwise they should have a full cast of starters tonight. Look for Snyder to deploy a starting unit consisting of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, and Hassan Whiteside.
Utah Jazz Injury Report
Aside from Gobert, the Jazz have 3 other players in NBA health and safety protocols: Joe Ingles, Rudy Gay, and Elijah Hughes. Malik Fitts is also sidelined with a wrist injury.
Prediction Utah Jazz vs Detroit Pistons
As a team in need of a rebound game, the NBA Schedule Gods smiled at the Utah Jazz with this game. They couldn’t ask for a better opponent than these Detroit Pistons.
It’s not a big blow for the young group from Motor City. The first overall pick Cade Cunningham showed flashes of immense potential. Meanwhile, young players like Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart have given the Pistons good reason to expect them to be part of their core to move forward.
Anyway, it would take more than an absence of Gobert to favor this group to the detriment of Jazz. Look for the Utah experience to win in a contest where Whiteside’s replacement rim protector should suffice in Gobert’s absence.
Prediction: Jazz 113, pistons 103
Utah Jazz vs Detroit Pistons TV Channel
Detroit fans should tune into Sports Detroit first, while Salt Lake City fans can look to AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.
Utah Jazz program and next game
The Jazz return to Salt Lake City for a clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 12. After that, it’s a four-day break before a game with the Denver Nuggets on January 16.
After that, they will face the Los Angeles Lakers on the 18th. They will face the Houston Rockets the following night, before coming full circle for a rematch with the Detroit Pistons on January 20.