Jazz Down Two Starters Against Clippers
Mar 18, 2022, 1:21 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz will be down two starters when they host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at Vivint Arena.
Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic have both been ruled out for the game as the Jazz look to hold onto the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
Mitchell is dealing with a right calf contusion while Bogdanovic will miss his third straight game with a left calf strain.
The Jazz will also be without Danuel House Jr, Trent Forrest, and Udoka Azubike against the Clippers.
Jazz Tied For Fourth Seed
The Jazz currently sit tied with the Dallas Mavericks for the fourth seed in the Western Conference at 43-26.
Due to owning a 2-1 lead in the season series so far this season, the Jazz would own the tiebreaker if the playoff started today.
However, the Mavericks and Jazz will face off one last time during the regular season on March 27 in what could ultimately decide the final season standings.
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The Jazz sit just 1.5 games up on the Denver Nuggets for the sixth seed in the West, and could potentially drop into the 3-6 matchup in the playoffs if they are overtaken by both teams.
The Mavericks will face the 76ers in Philadelphia tonight while the Nuggets will play the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Clippers Also Wounded
The Jazz won’t find any sympathy from the Clippers when it comes to injuries this season as LA has been without Kawhi Leonard for the entirety of the season and without Paul George for the last several months.
Leonard has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the remainder of the season while George has returned to light workouts with the team, but a return is unclear.
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As it stands, the Clippers sit in the eighth seed in the Western Conference and will need to win a game in the play-in tournament to qualify for the postseason.
In addition to George and Leonard, the Clippers are without Norman Powell is suffered a toe injury shortly after being acquired by the team at the trade deadline.
The Jazz and Clippers will tip-off at 7 pm MT and can be heard on The Zone Sports Network. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and FuboTV.
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