The Utah Jazz will be without All-Star guard Mike Conley for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Conley, who played just over 11 minutes in Game 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies, has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
WynnBET has already adjusted the line for the Jazz-Clippers game, as Utah is now just a three-point favorite after being a four-point favorite earlier in the day. The Jazz are still favored to win (-155 on the moneyline), but losing Conley will certainly make things more difficult.
This season, Conley averaged 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. The Jazz were 15-6 when Conley was out of the lineup, but he is an extremely impactful player, as he had a positive plus/minus in all five of Utah’s first-round games.
In addition, Conley’s 4.4 box plus/minus this season trailed only Rudy Gobert on the Jazz. Utah has looked fantastic since Donovan Mitchell returned from his ankle injury in Game 2 against Memphis, but it will be up to Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson to take on more responsibility with Conley out.
Clarkson, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, is certainly up to the task, but a thinned rotation will make things hard against a Clippers team that features two of the game’s best players in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Utah certainly wants to take care of business at home in the first two games (the Jazz were 31-5 at home this season), and grabbing a Game 1 win without Conley would bode well for their chances of taking the series if he can return.