Twenty-four games into the NBA season, Mo Williams went down with a thumb injury. Little did he know that he would be spending the better part of three months on the shelf for the Utah Jazz. The timetable isn’t quite definite for when the point guard will be returning to the fold, but we know that it will be sooner than later, giving the Jazz a real boost in their push for the playoffs in the Western Conference.
The timing couldn’t be better for Williams. He was averaging 12.9 points and 6.7 assists per game when he was the starting point guard for this team, but he has since been replaced by Jamaal Tinsley, who has been ineffective at best.
The Jazz currently sit in eighth place in the Western Conference, and they are one of the five teams that are separating by just a total of five games in the standings. Three will get into the second season. Two will be left behind.
Utah has had problems on the road all year long, as demonstrated by its 11-19 ATS mark and its 10-20 SU record. The team is on the road for the next three games, facing the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks before coming home for three of the next our and heading out for three more in the Lone Star State. Williams’ return would be a huge boost for the team.
Williams joined the Jazz this year in the offseason after playing for the Los Angeles Clippers for a season and a half. Making NBA picks is going to be a heck of a lot easier with Williams in the fold than to be counting on Tinsley, who should immediately go back to the bench and become a reserve player once again for this playoff-hopeful club.