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Jazz take on shorthanded Clippers

Can the Jazz beat the Clippers with Markkanen back and the Clippers resting their best players? Yes, yes they can

Los Angeles Clippers v Utah Jazz Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

The Utah Jazz will have Lauri Markkanen back tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers. For the Clippers, who are on the back end of a back to back on the road, they’re resting their two stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

It’s a welcome site to see Markkanen back, who has been sitting out games with a bruised hip. It’s also a good opportunity to ease him back in to the lineup with two defensive studs now sitting out of the game.

The Jazz will also be without a few players of their own, although the most notable is Kelly Olynyk who will still be out.

It’s also a game that will be played amidst a huge amount of trade rumors for the Jazz. Danny Ainge has been hard at work lately and Jazz fans may be looking at their phones for any possible signs of a trade coming. With so many rumors coming down the line, a trade seems imminent at this point, especially with the Jazz at a real crossroads as a team. They are sitting right at the precipice of either playing in the play-in, or dropping down in the standing for a pick in the 6-8 range. We’ll see what happens, but it’s hard no to think that every game matters and might influence those decisions more.

Game Info

When: 7:00 PM MT

Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT


Radio: 97.5/1280 The Zone