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Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for as Mavs play in Utah vs. Jazz

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have lost two straight games. Superstar Luka Doncic was incredible against the Nuggets. He produced a massive triple-double, but the defense let the Mavericks down to put them at 8-9 on the season.

They are back in action on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. The Jazz have won eight straight going into Tuesday’s game against the Knicks. Utah will be on the second of a back-to-back against the Mavs, which should give Dallas a slight.

That is not the only thing going in Mavs’ favor. Three key rotation players are expected to return from the health and safety protocols on Jan. 27. Fans will not want to miss Wednesday’s game. Here is how and what to watch for in Utah.

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Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz: How to watch

Start time: 8:00 p.m. CT or 9:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas Market), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Jazz market)

Watch online: Fox Sports Go (Dallas market), NBA League Pass

Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz injury updates

The Mavericks have listed Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Dwight Powell as questionable for Wednesday’s game. All three are with the team in Utah and are expected to return. Expect their workloads to be closely monitored, though. Maxi Kleber remains out in the league’s health and safety protocols.

The Jazz played on Tuesday night, so fans will have to check closer to tipoff for an official update. Both Trent Forrest and Elijah Hughes missed their game against the Knicks. Utah could decide to rest players on the second night of a back-to-back too.

Be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for the latest.

Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz storyline to follow: Returning Mavericks

The Mavs have been without their three best perimeter defenders from the last two weeks. Their numbers nosedived as a result. The returns of Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith are massive.

Fans should be monitoring their minutes, conditioning, and rhythm on Wednesday night. Expect their playing time to be limited, but the Mavericks need them contributing, especially on the defensive end.

The headlines will be Luka Doncic versus Donovan Mitchell. Both players are in the running for MVP as the Jazz are off to a strong start to the season. Wednesday marks the first of a two-game set in Utah between the teams. Both games promise to be exciting, so do not miss them.

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