The Utah Jazz (16-20) travel to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-11) on Saturday, January 6th. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center. Both the Jazz and 76ers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Jazz vs 76ers
The Jazz Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Jazz conveyed a message to the Celtics with a score of 126-97. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Jazz couldn’t cover the spread as +14 point underdogs. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 223 points ended up below the over/under line of 240.
When looking at their overall record of 16-20, the Jazz have gone 2-1 in their last three games. On the road, the Jazz are 5-15 this season compared to their 11-5 home record.
Utah has an ATS record of 20-16 so far this season which includes their current two game losing streak vs. the spread. On the road, the Jazz have an ATS record of 8-12, as opposed to a 12-4 record against the spread when playing at home.
The 76ers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The 76ers were defeated by the Knicks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 128-92. In addition, to losing the game straight-up, the 76ers lost vs. the spread as -6 point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 220 points ended up below the over/under line of 233.5.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Jazz, the 76ers are 23-11 overall and have a winning record above .500. In their 34 games, the 76ers have gone 17-9 against other Eastern Conference teams and are 6-2 in non-conference games.
Presently, Philadelphia boasts an ATS record of 24-10, which is above .500 against the spread. When playing on the road, the 76ers hold an ATS record of 11-5 in contrast to a 13-5 record against the spread when playing at home.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
In 36 games games, Utah has an average of 114.4 points per game (18th). The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.1 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 100 possessions per contest.
76ers Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Philadelphia offense is the 6th ranked unit in the NBA, at 119.8 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the 76ers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12 made 3’s per game. Although Philadelphia has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 12 turnovers per game.
Jazz Team Defense
On defense, the Jazz are ranked 23rd in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 55.6% of their games. Utah’s defense is currently forcing 15.6 turnovers per game, which is 29th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 9th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.8 rejections per game.
76ers Team Defense
In the current season, the 76ers defense has excelled, sitting 5th in the NBA by allowing 111.0 points per game. Philadelphia’s defense is currently forcing 12 turnovers per game, which is 6th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 7th in blocked shots, with an average of 6.1 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Jazz And 76ers
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Lauri Markkanen as the primary point contributor for the Jazz, finishing with 24 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 23.3 points per game, along with 8.3 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Joel Embiid to be the top scorer for the 76ers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 30, and he is expected to secure 10 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 53.5%, and he is contributing 34.6 points per game on average.
Jazz vs 76ers Trends
- Across the Jazz last ten road games, the team averaged 113 points per game while allowing 123. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 5-5, while going 4-6 straight-up.
- In their last three home games, Philadelphia has averaged 111 points per game while allowing 108. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Jazz have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their ATS record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
- Philadelphia has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
For a point-spread wager in this 76ers vs. Jazz game, we suggest taking the Jazz at +12. Even though our predictions have the 76ers winning 114-108, we see the Jazz as the better choice on the point-spread.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 237.5, and our model predicts the Jazz and 76ers to score a combined 222 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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