After cruising for most of the 2020-21 season atop the Western Conference table, the Utah Jazz find themselves tied for pole position with the red-hot Phoenix Suns.
Quin Snyder's men have a brilliant 46-18 record, holding the best winning percentage (.719) in the association. After dropping a game against the Suns, the Utah Jazz bounced back with a 4-point win against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. With Donovan Mitchell on the sidelines, Bojan Bogdanović recorded a spectacular 34-point performance, guiding his side to their 46th victory of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have lost three games in a row ahead of Monday's contest. Gregg Popovich's side have a 31-32 record, resting at 10th in the West.
Despite their struggles to add wins in recent stretches, the San Antonio Spurs have proven their mettle as fierce competitors. They are coming off two high-scoring overtime losses against the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Spurs are still well-placed for the play-in tournament, with the New Orleans Pelicans trailing them by 2.5 games in eleventh position in the West.
San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz: Injury Report
San Antonio Spurs
After not lacing up against the 76ers on Sunday, Demar DeRozan is expected to join his teammates in Monday's contest against the Utah Jazz.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs will miss the services of power forward Trey Lyles and point guard Derrick White, who are dealing with their respective ankle injuries.
Dejounte Murray is being monitored on a day-to-day basis. His participation against the Utah Jazz remains a game-time decision for the coaching staff to make.
The biggest storyline in the Utah Jazz camp is the health of their All-Star floor general Donovan Mitchell. The 4th year guard is recuperating from an ankle injury and will be re-evaluated in a week.
Meanwhile, point guard Mike Conley has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, while Udoka Azubuike remains out indefinitely owing to his ankle injury.
San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz: Predicted Lineups
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs will hope to see DeMar DeRozan back in the lineup. Coach Popovich will need his star forward to play the game at a high level to bring them back on the winning path. DeRozan and Keldon Johnson could feature on the wing as they take their places in the two forward positions.
Dejounte Murray could join Devin Vassell on the backcourt in Monday's contest. Murray has taken a leap this year, averaging 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game in 59 appearances. Meanwhile, Austrian big Jakob Poeltl will roll out at Vivint Arena as the Spurs' primary center.
The Utah Jazz will most likely use the same lineup they deployed against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
Joe Ingles and Georges Niang will reprise their roles on the backcourt in Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley's absence. Red-hot Bojan Bogdanovic will take his place in the power forward position, with Royce O'Neale coming in at the small forward spot.
Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert will join his teammates at the anchor position. The 2021 All-Star is averaging 14.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in 63 appearances for the Utah Jazz.
San Antonio Spurs Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Dejounte Murray | Shooting Guard - Devin Vassell | Small Forward - DeMar DeRozan | Power Forward - Keldon Johnson | Center - Jakob Poeltl
Utah Jazz Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Joe Ingles | Shooting Guard - Georges Niang | Small Forward - Royce O'Neale | Power Forward - Bojan Bogdanovic | Center - Rudy Gobert