The Utah Jazz are the biggest favorites on the William Hill Sportsbook NBA odds board Tuesday night with Utah listed at -12 for its lone visit of the season to Cleveland. The Cavs will be without three of their best players in guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland and big man Kevin Love, and they are also playing the second of a back-to-back so the deck is pretty stacked against them. The Jazz may or may not have top reserve Joe Ingles.
It's not a huge surprise that Garland and Love are out. Garland, third on the team in scoring at 17.2 ppg, hasn't played since Jan. 2 due to a shoulder injury but is at least getting close. Love has played in just two games and not since Dec. 27 due to a right calf strain. He's not particularly close to returning.
Sexton, who leads the team in scoring at 25.1 points per game, is dealing with an ankle injury. He originally was set to return and start Monday's game against Memphis but then was a last-minute scratch. The team isn't even waiting that long Tuesday.
Cleveland lost 101-91 to Memphis and has dropped six of eight overall after a surprising 3-0 start. Damyean Dotson should get the start again Tuesday for Sexton. He had 14 points and six assists vs. the Grizzlies. Every Cavs starter played at least 35 minutes, so there could be some tired legs here.
Utah is 3-2 on a season-long seven-game road trip, last in action Sunday and winning 96-86 in Detroit. The Jazz scored the game's first nine points and never trailed. It seems likely that Ingles plays here. The three-point specialist missed Friday's game in Milwaukee with right Achilles soreness, snapping his consecutive games played streak of 384 straight — the longest active run in the league. He was questionable again Sunday but did play and had nine points. He's listed as questionable here.
The Jazz have won four straight games vs. the Cavs overall and are 4-0-1 against the spread in their past five in Cleveland; early public action is on the home side, though, to cover that big number. Utah is 4-10 ATS in its past 14 as a road favorite dating to last season.
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