Jazz Looking to Get Back to .500
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Utah Jazz will meet on Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Both teams are coming off Christmas Day games with differing results.
The Utah Jazz are starting to find their form. They have wins in three of the last four games and are coming off a dominating Christmas Day performance in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Jazz will be looking to get back to .500 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Utah is holding its own against some of the best teams in the West. They have wins over Portland (twice) and Golden State in the last four games. The 76ers began their five-game road trip with a 121-114 overtime loss at Boston on Tuesday. They still feel they are headed in the right direction to be able to compete for the Eastern Conference crown.
The 76ers are 22-13 on the season and have battled all year. Philadelphia's starters scored 101 of the team's 114 points on Tuesday. Getting more out of the bench has to be a priority. Power forward Mike Muscala suffered through the roughest night for any of the reserves. He went 1-of-9 from the floor (1-of-8 from beyond the arc). PG Ben Simmons recorded a double-double in each of the last three games, including one triple-double.
The Jazz are 17-18 on the season. Utah held Portland to 39.3 percent shooting on Tuesday. Center Rudy Gobert anchored the defensive effort with seven blocks. Gobert added 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He chipped in 14 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double. PG Dante Exum scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting Tuesday. He snapped a string of five straight games scoring in single digits.
PREDICTION: Jazz 110, 76ers 98
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|The 76ers are 13-6 SU in its last 19 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games|
|The 76ers are 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games on the road|
|The 76ers are 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games on the road|
|Philadelphia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Utah|
|The 76ers are 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Utah|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 10 games when playing Utah|
|Philadelphia is 7-16-1 ATS in its last 24 games when playing on the road against Utah|
|The 76ers are 1-12 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Utah|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games|
|The Jazz are 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|The Jazz are 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games at home|
|The Jazz are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia|
|Utah is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Philadelphia|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Utah's last 10 games when playing Philadelphia|
|Utah is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Philadelphia|
|The Jazz are 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Philadelphia|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia|
Philadelphia at Portland Sunday, December 30
Utah home to New York Saturday, December 29
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