Times have been tough for the Utah Jazz lately. On the other hand, things have been tough for the Minnesota Timberwolves since Kevin Garnett’s retirement. This year the Timber Wolves (24-25) show signs of life. They currently sit in the 8th seed in the Western Conference. They’re an exciting young team, but the Jazz (30-20) have no reason to envy them. They are fourth in the West.
The most disappointing aspect of this match from the Jazz point of view will be the absence of Rudy Gobert. The Jazz are always weaker without Gobert, but this match could have given him the opportunity for some revenge after several Wolves members. For those with short memories, several members of that team questioned the legitimacy of Gobert’s unquestionably elitist defense earlier this year.
Hopefully Donovan Mitchell (doubtful) makes a comeback. A Jazz win tonight would mean more than any statement Gobert could make.
Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves odds tonight
According to WynnBet, the Timberwolves are 2.5 point favorites to win this contest, and -140 point favorites on the silver line. The Jazz are +115 point underdogs.
The over/under is currently set at 227.5 points.
Utah Jazz starting lineup
With Mitchell listed as questionable, it’s unclear what Quin Snyder’s starting lineup will look like. If he’s healthy, we’ll see a line-up featuring Mike Conley, Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale and Hassan Whiteside. Otherwise, look for one of Joe Ingles or Jordan Clarkson to take Mitchell’s place.
Utah Jazz Injury Report
Donovan Mitchell is questionable and Rudy Gobert is out with a calf strain. Trent Forrest is also questionable with an ankle injury.
Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction
Forgive our unwavering optimism. Once again, we expect the return of Donovan Mitchell to result in an injury to the Utah Jazz.
If he stays out of the lineup, it could easily go the other way. These Timberwolves are not to be underestimated. Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns are a pair talented enough to give the Timberwolves a win over any team in the league.
Let’s hope these Jazz are hungry for a win. More importantly, I hope Donovan Mitchell will be available. Here we will try to bring this last scenario to life.
Prediction: Jazz 113, Timberwolves 109
Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves TV Channel
Minnesota fans can catch this game on Fox Sports North, while Utah fans can tune in to AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.
Utah Jazz schedule and next game
The Utah Jazz will face defending MVP Nikola Jokic and his Denver Nuggets on February 2.
After that, they’re due for a trip to Broadway. They face the Brooklyn Nets on February 4 and the New York Knicks on February 7.