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76ers vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Philadelphia 76ers at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds UTA +4.5, PHI -187 | UTA +153 O/U 235.0
So far, the 76ers have put together an overall record of 25-16, while going 23-17-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Philadelphia is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The 76ers are coming off a disappointing 133-114 loss to the Thunder. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 9 points. Philadelphia struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 10 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Joel Embiid, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 58.8% of his shots.
So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 22-23, while going 23-20-2 vs the spread. In today’s game, Utah will look to extend their 2 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 3.0 points.
The Jazz are coming off a 112-108 win over the Magic. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 5 point favorites. In the game, Utah was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Magic by 5 going into the second half. In the win, Lauri Markkanen led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 30.8%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the 76ers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Jazz, averaging 90.5 points per game. While the 76ers struggled on offense in the series, the Jazz maintained their usual level of scoring at 119.0 vs Philadelphia. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Jazz. In these matchups, Utah has averaged 118 points per game, while allowing 108. In these contests, they averaged a combined 226 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The 76ers come into today’s game as the 16th ranked scoring offense at 113.7 points per game. One area that the Philadelphia offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.8 made free-throws per contest. If the 76ers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.4 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
So far, the 76ers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 8th in the league at 107.33 points per contest.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Tobias Harris who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game. At the time of this article, Harris is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 5th on the team in usage rate and is 149th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Philadelphia benefit from having both of their top scorers as Joel Embiid leads the team and is 2nd in the league in scoring (33.5). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 28th in points allowed to centers.
Through 45 games, Utah is the 3rd best scoring team at 117.4 points per game. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.4 made 3’s per game. If the Utah offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Defensively, the Jazz are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.57 points per contest (10th).
On offense, Lauri Markkanen leads the Jazz in scoring at 24.6 points per game, placing him 21st in the NBA. Overall, Markkanen has hit 51.9% of his shots while accounting for 17.9% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 29th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 20.7 points per game, Jordan Clarkson is the 2nd leading scorer for the Jazz. For the season, he is 124th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.9%.
76ers vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Jazz +4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 235.0