The Utah Jazz recently ended a three-game slide on Friday and had a very fruitful weekend with another victory on Saturday. Firstly, the Jazz against the Phoenix Suns in what was a quality win at home. Then, the Jazz followed it up with a win over the Portland Trailblazers in a game that Portland hosted. The two victories were both hard-earned ones, however, they came at a little bit of a cost.
Mike Conley will miss two weeks
The Jazz lost Mike Conley during the game against the Trailblazers. He started the game but his line score was just 1 rebound and 3 assists over 9 minutes of action. He also went -12 in the game against Portland for point differential. That was actually the worst point differential on the night for any Utah player. Conley suffered a left-knee injury and did not return to the game after leaving early. Reportedly, Conley did not sustain any major ligament damage but the Jazz starter is still expected to miss at least the next two weeks (Shams Charania of The Athletic reported).
The injury to Conley promises to be a game-changer for the two weeks (or more) that he is expected to miss. He is arguably the second-best player on Utah, behind Lauri Markkanen. The injury should mean a lot more playing time for Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton.
The Jazz have started the season with a .667 winning percentage. If they played the same games without Conley, then you might expect a record of 8-10 to 10-8. They could definitely look different in the games ahead, especially since they are also missing Rudy Gay. The Jazz’s next game is tonight against the LA Clippers.
Bettors beware: Mike Conley injury
At this point, all bets have to be off with Utah. They are 12-6 to start the season and that’s the best record in the Western Conference. However, Utah backers will have to see how the team performs with their new starting lineup.
We did have some early-season recommendations for this team. In fact, 10 to 1 to make the playoffs is still looking like a promising longshot bet. Furthermore, it’s safe to say that the Jazz are going to win OVER 24.5 games this season. But stand pat on the Jazz for now even if OVER 42.5 wins, their new total, looks good at 7/5 with bet365.