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Red hot Jazz can move up in standings with win against the Timberwolves

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A win against the Timberwolves gets the Jazz one step closer to home court advantage

NBA: Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz (27-22) take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-24) with a chance to move higher up in the Western Conference standings.

Tonight, the Jazz have an opportunity to take on a Timberwolves team who will be playing on the back end of a back-to-back. The Jazz are also coming in as one of the hottest team in the NBA having won 9 of their last 11.

It should be an easy victory but the Wolves tend to give the Jazz problems with their ability to spread the floor.

In their last game played, a Jazz loss, the Wolves put up 128 points in a game that received media attention for Derrick Rose putting up 50 points.

Both teams are different now.

Minnesota is without Jimmy Butler, who didn’t play in the last game, but is benefiting from the fruits of their trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.

They’ve been playing with Dario Saric who has been a solid contributor, as well as Robert Covington.

Covington has been on the sidelines with a bone bruise and Saric took a hard shot from Javale McGee but there’s no word if he’ll miss games with any possible injury.

The Wolves are also 7-3 in their last 10 games and so, even if the Wolves are tired, the Jazz cannot give them any space because the spaced out style of the Wolves can give the Jazz problems.

But the Jazz, and Donovan Mitchell, are red hot.

Mitchell, who recently won Western Conference Player of the Week is on a tear and closing out games like he did last season.

His scoring, if it weren’t for James Harden going supernova recently, would be garnering a lot of attention.

Some of that had to do with taking on a lot of the ball-handling responsibility with Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum injured, but against the Denver Nuggets, with Ricky Rubio starting, Mitchell put up an efficient 35 points and 6 assists.

It’s also looking like this may be a sustainable trend because Mitchell was more than likely dealing with an injury before.

It may be that we’re seeing the Donovan Mitchell we were expecting all season and it couldn’t have come any sooner.

Tonight, the Jazz should be able to take care of a tired, and injured, Wolves team. If Mitchell continues his level of play, it may be pretty easy.