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Mike Conley available to play in Game 3 vs. Nuggets [UPDATE]

The Jazz PG left the bubble and will go into quarantine. Conley will be back in the lineup for Game 3.

Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz dribbles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Aug. 21, 3:07 p.m. Conley has officially been confirmed available to play in Game 3 vs. the Nuggets. We don’t have starting lineups yet, so we’ll see if Conley slots in there in his usual spot at PG. If that’s the case, we could see Joe Ingles or Royce O’Neale go to the bench as a result.

UPDATE: Aug. 21, 10:37 a.m. Conley will clear quarantine soon and play in Game 3 vs. the Nuggets on Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported this morning.

UPDATE: Aug. 20, 5:12 p.m. Conley is probable to return to the lineup Friday for Game 3 vs. the Nuggets.

With Conley most likely back in the lineup, this is a downgrade for both Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson. Emmanuel Mudiay becomes pretty much a non-factor as well. Ingles and Clarkson are still viable as GPP plays depending on their prices for Friday on DraftKings.

UPDATE: Aug. 18, 12:30 p.m. Conley has returned to the bubble, per the Jazz. He will go into quarantine and it’s unclear when he’ll be able to return for the first round vs. the Nuggets. The Jazz trail Denver 1-0 after a 135-125 OT loss on Monday.

Utah Jazz PG Mike Conley has left the NBA bubble in Orlando for the birth of his son back in Columbus, Ohio, the team announced Sunday afternoon. Conley is expected to miss at least the first few games of their first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.

So with Conley out for potentially the first few games of the series, it’s an obvious blow to the Jazz depth chart heading into a tough matchup with Denver. Conley did miss time during the regular season due to hamstring injuries, so the Jazz should be able to adjust. As a result, we should see Donovan Mitchell an Joe Ingles handle the ball more, with Emmanuel Mudiay coming off the bench as the primary backup PG.

The Nuggets are favored by 3.5 points as of now, but that should change with the news of Conley leaving. It may make Utah a more appealing play once the dust settles. Conley had been playing well, but the Jazz have the rest of their rotation intact. If the public overreacts, we could get the Jazz on the spread at a pretty good number.

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