Damian Lillard’s Participation in Jan. 8 Jazz-Bucks Game: Will He Play?

Milwaukee Bucks guard Damian Lillard is ruled out for the game against the Utah Jazz due to personal reasons. This is only the third game he has missed this season.
‣ Reserve guard Cam Payne is also out due to concussion protocol. Despite these absences, the Bucks hold the third-best odds to win this season’s championship according to multiple NBA betting sites.
‣ Damian Lillard has been performing well this season, averaging 25.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.1 steals, and 35.4 minutes per game. He ranks 17th in the NBA in points, 11th in assists, and 20th in minutes played.


Damian Lillard, the guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, won’t be playing in Monday night’s game against the Utah Jazz. Personal reasons, they say. Cam Payne, the reserve guard, is also out, thanks to a concussion protocol.

This is only the third game Lillard’s missed this season. Remember when he was out for two games in early November? Yeah, that was because of a sore right calf. Last season, he missed 24 games with the Portland Trail Blazers. The guy’s a seven-time All-Star.

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, you might know this. The Bucks have the third-best odds to win the championship this season. Who’s got better odds? The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets, according to multiple sportsbooks.

A tweet from Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) on January 8, 2024, reads: “The Bucks have submitted their injury report for Monday night’s game vs. the Jazz. Jae Crowder – out (left adductor surgery) Damian Lillard – out (personal reasons) Cam Payne – out (concussion protocol).”

Lillard’s stats this season are impressive. He’s averaging 25.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.1 steals, and 35.4 minutes per game. He’s shooting 42.8% from the field, 35.2% beyond the arc, and 91.6% at the foul line. Not bad, right?

Remember the Bucks’ 132-119 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 19? Lillard, the 12-year veteran, recorded a season-high 40 points, three rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 35 minutes of action.

This season, Lillard ranks 17th in the NBA in points (855), 11th in assists (233), 14th in 3-pointers (103), fourth in free throws (252), ninth in offensive win shares (3.4), and 20th in minutes played (1,205).

The Bucks haven’t been doing great recently. They’ve lost three of their past four games heading into Monday’s matchup with the Jazz. The Jazz, on the other hand, have won four of their past five.

Betting trends? Utah is 12-6 in its last 18 meetings with Milwaukee. They’re also 5-1 in their previous six matchups with Eastern Conference opponents.

Another tweet, this time from the Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) on January 8, 2024, says: “Six Bucks scored in double figures in a 144-116 win over the Jazz on March 24th, 2023.”

The Bucks have been strong at home, with a 15-2 record in their past 17 home games and 16-3 at home for the season. They’re 10-4 in their last 14 contests and 5-1 against Western Conference teams. But they’ve also failed to cover the point spread in their previous five games played in January.

NBA sportsbooks show Milwaukee as an 8-point favorite at home against the Jazz. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Bucks have a 69.2% chance to defeat Utah.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

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