Jazz News: Utah Gets Good Update on Mike Conley Injury
The Utah Jazz were looking to punch a ticket to the Western Conference Finals after going up 2-0 in their second-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. However, the series has started to slip away and now the Jazz are down 3-2 heading into Friday's elimination game. Fortunately, they could be getting some help to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Veteran point guard Mike Conley has yet to suit up against the Clippers this series as he's been battling a hamstring issue. However, the Jazz received a good update on his status. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that Conley will be a game-time decision for Game 6.
Mike Conley Injury Update
Even if Conly isn't 100 percent, the Jazz would surely welcome him back to the lineup with open arms. The 33-year-old veteran averaged 17.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game in the opening series against the Memphis Grizzlies. He also had .467/.548/1.000 shooting splits, which are the type of numbers that Utah needs to get things back on track in Game 6.
The Jazz have been outscored by an average of 16 points in their three-game losing streak to the Clippers. During that span, Utah's bench has scored just 52 points in total. Judging by those numbers, it's clear that Conley's eventual return to the starting lineup should balance things out again. After all, his playmaking ability and consistency are some of the reasons why Utah was one of the top team's this season.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Jazz will enter Friday's action as the -136 favorites, while the Clippers are the slight +116 underdogs. Meanwhile, Utah also has +650 odds (4th-best) to win the NBA Championship this season. Conley's possible return could see improvements to both sets of odds in the Jazz's favor.
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