Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks odds, starters, injury report, predictions

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The Utah Jazz season is in danger of coming to an end.

Thursday night could be the final appearance for the 2021-22 Utah Jazz. Facing a 3-2 deficit, the faltering No. 5 seed will host the No. 4 seed Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of their best-of-seven first-round NBA Playoffs series.

If Utah plays the way it did last time out, a 102-77 road loss on Monday night, then the offseason in Salt Lake City begins on Friday.

Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Game 6 Odds

According to WynnBet, the spread is a pick ’em, with neither team appearing as the favorite. Both are a -108 on the money line. The over/under sits at 209.5 points.

Utah Jazz Starting Lineup Tonight

The Jazz will likely use their standard starting five of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Rudy Gobert.

Utah Jazz Injury Report

The Jazz Twitter account lists Donovan Mitchell (bilateral quadriceps contusions) as probable. Meanwhile, Udoka Azubuike (right ankle surgery) and Trent Forrest (left midfoot sprain) remain out of commission.

Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Game 6 Prediction

Utah has committed 20 more turnovers than Dallas between their first five meetings. On top of the undeniable carelessness  — lazy passes and brainfarts galore — most Jazz players have been next to invisible on the defensive end of the floor throughout the series.

In Game 5, the Jazz looked tired and utterly defeated. And the Utah basket seemed to have a lid on it (see: 3-for-30 beyond the arc).

No legs. No fire. No pride.

Furthermore, Jazz players just haven’t exhibited much feel for the game, unlike Mavs star Luka Doncic, who has frequently laughed at Utah while combining for 63 points, 23 rebounds, and nine assists in his two games since returning from a strained left calf.

Even if Donovan Mitchell is 100 percent — it sounds as if he’s not — Dallas is the better squad. That much is clear right now.

The only chance for a Jazz victory is if the Mavericks’ shooters suddenly go ice-cold despite Utah’s lack of perimeter defense.

Prediction: Dallas 114, Utah 100

Make your pick now on WynnBET.

Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Game 6 TV Channel

Game 6 will air on TNT at 8:00 p.m. MT Thursday.

Utah Jazz Next Game

Should the Jazz manage to come out on top in Game 6, then Game 7 will take place in Dallas on Saturday (time and TV to be determined).

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