Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz Prediction & Match Preview – December 25th, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22
The severely shorthanded Dallas Mavericks will travel to Salt Lake City to take on the lightning-quick Utah Jazz on Saturday, Christmas Day.
Dallas, like several NBA teams right now, is going through a bout of the virus. The Dallas Mavericks currently have seven players under the league’s health and safety protocols. Jason Kidd’s makeshift lineup played surprisingly well against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, but ultimately lost 95-102.
Without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the Dallas Mavericks will have to continue to struggle and build good habits in the face of disadvantages. Dallas had seven players in double figures to keep the game against the Bucks interesting. They’re going to need more than that against the Utah Jazz, who lead the NBA in offensive rating by far.
The Utah Jazz are putting on a great offensive display that has led them to win 10 of their last 12 games. They lead the league in field goal percentage and are fourth in three-point shooting efficiency. Utah’s hot offensive game was on display against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Behind the dynamic duo of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Utah Jazz demolished the Timberwolves on 53.3% shooting, highlighted by 41% from three-point range. They will be favored to extend their winning streak against a virus-infected Dallas Mavericks.
Fixture: Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz | 2021-22 NBA season
Date & Time: Saturday, December 25th; 10:30 PM ET (Sunday, December 26th; 9:00 AM IST)
Venue: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Mavericks vs Jazz Prediction
The Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz matchup in favor of the home side is as lopsided as any on paper. Dallas brought in six players who have barely practiced with the team and will play defense against Utah’s relentless offensive execution.
Even with the emergence of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, they’re in for a long night. Without them, there is too much to overcome for the Dallas Mavericks to beat the Utah Jazz.
Where to watch Mavericks vs. Jazz game
ESPN will cover the game on national television. Local coverage of the game is available through AT&T SportsNetwork.