The Dallas Mavericks were hoping that superstar Luka Doncic could clear protocols to return on Christmas Day, but he couldn’t make it happen. The 22-year-old stayed back in Dallas and will miss his seventh straight game.
The Mavericks round out the five-game holiday slate in a clash against the Utah Jazz. Donovan Mitchell and company are one of the elite teams in the Western Conference and will present a difficult test for the shorthanded Mavs on Christmas Day.
Still, what better way to close out your holiday festivities than with some basketball? Here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more on the Mavericks versus Jazz Christmas day clash.
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz: How to watch
Start time: 9:30 p.m. CT or 10:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN (national) AT&T SportsNet- Rocky Mountain (Jazz local market)
Watch online: Watch ESPN
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz: Injury report
The Mavs have Luka Doncic, Reggie Bullock, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Trey Burke, and JaQuori McLaughlin out in the health and safety protocols. Josh Green has cleared protocols but is back in Dallas. Dallas is also without Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) and Eugene Omoruyi (foot). Kristaps Porzingis is questionable with a toe injury.
The Jazz ruled out Udoka Azubuike (foot) and Malik Fitts (shoulder) for Saturday’s contest.
Be sure to check social media just before tipoff for all the latest on both teams.
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the shorthanded Mavs are 13.0-point underdogs on Christmas night. They are plus-600 on the moneyline and the contest has an over/under of 214.0.
The Mavs over/under is 100.0, which they have topped in five of their last six games.
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz predictions
The Jazz have homecourt and are at full strength for their Christmas Day clash against the Jazz. Everyone is expecting a blowout by Dallas is playing hard. Expect the Mavs to keep it close, but Donovan Mitchell to take over in the fourth for a Jazz win.
Kristaps Porzingis is likely to miss his third straight game, but the Unicorn returning would be a massive boost for the Mavericks. Keep an eye on his status as tipoff approaches.
Fans should tune in and enjoy the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas night. Yes, they are shorthanded but do not count them out in what should be a fun and entertaining contest.