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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had a huge game on the class on Friday against Indiana, finishing a 119-111 win with 23 rebounds. He added 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting for his ninth double-double in 12 games. The French giant also posted four blocks with one assist and one steal. Gobert now has two games this month with 20-plus rebounds. Utah starts a two-game set against the Lakers next, which could be a difficult matchup for Gobert with the defending champs among the best rebounding and defensive teams in the league, but Wednesday's road outing at Houston could be a huge night for the two-time All-Star with the Rockets owning the league's lowest rebounding rate (47.1).
Utah Jazz small forward Bojan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting in Friday's 119-111 win over Indiana. Donovan Mitchell was on his way to another big scoring performance with 22 points in 21 minutes, but he was forced to exit with an ankle injury and thus Bogdanovic took over the leading scorer's role. He finished 2-for-6 with the three-ball and shot 4-for-4 at the line with three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Bogdanovic will be in for a bigger offensive load if Mitchell is forced to sit on the sidelines now. He doesn't get a lot of time to recover ahead of the next game, which is already on Saturday against the Lakers. Jordan Clarkson, who had 18 points on Friday, and Mike Conley, who managed a 10-point, 10-assist double-double, will also get more shots if Mitchell is missing.
Utah Jazz point/shooting guard Donovan Mitchell (ankle) was forced from Friday's contest versus Indiana due to a right ankle sprain, but there is optimism that he avoided serious long-term injury. Prior to his departure, Mitchell was percolating offensively, dropping 22 points on 7-for-15 shooting overall across 21 minutes. Assuming that he is facing at least a short-term absence, Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles will both become key facets of the team's offense, while Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic should have residual carryover appeal from the shot attempts that will be spread around. Check back for the latest updates on Mitchell as they become available.
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. It's the front end of a back-to-back set, so this is likely a rest day more than anything else. Ersan Ilyasova and Georges Niang are expected to see increased roles without Favors available. Niang has put together some nice outings, but is a risky DFS option for Friday's slate.
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (ankle) is available for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. He has missed each of the last four games due to an ankle issue. It's uncertain if he'll be limited at all, but Royce O'Neale (rest) is out, so Clarkson would see an extended role. Fantasy managers should check back closer to tip-off to see if there is anything new on Clarkson. He could be a sneaky DFS option, assuming he's not limited on Friday.