The NBA betting action continues with a small three-game Thursday card, so we’re taking a closer look at the interconference showdown at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to get you the best Jazz vs. 76ers betting pick and odds.
Utah and Phila will close down their two-game regular-season series. Back in November, the Jazz dismantled the 76ers 120-85 as huge 11.5-point home favorites on Bookmaker Sportsbook, but Utah is winless in four straight visits to Philadelphia. Both Jazz and Sixers will play on the second day of a back-to-back set this time around, and their Wednesday night’s contests have been excluded from the analysis.
The Jazz started a four-game road trip with a narrow win over Cleveland
The Utah Jazz visited Minnesota on Wednesday night, coming off a 109-108 victory at the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was their fourth consecutive win and eighth in the last ten games overall, as Utah continues to challenge Phoenix and Golden State for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Utah nearly blew a 15-point fourth-quarter against the Cavs. Donovan Mitchell finished with 35 points and six assists, while Rudy Gobert had six points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks. The Jazz went 20-for-48 from downtown, but they also turned the ball over 17 times and surrendered 15 offensive rebounds.
Mitchell has hit a 30-point mark in three straight games after a rough patch of four outings with 21 or fewer points. The Jazz boast the highest offensive rating in the NBA, averaging 116.5 points per 100 possessions. On the other side of the ball, they surrender 107.1 points per 100 possessions (8th in the league) on 44.2% shooting from the field (tied-9th) and 32.7% from downtown (tied-4th).
The 76ers open a two-game homestand
The Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up their four-game road trip on Wednesday night with a back-to-back clash against Charlotte. They were looking for the third straight victory after beating the Hornets 127-124 in overtime this past Monday.
Back on Friday, the Sixers outlasted the Atlanta Hawks 98-96 as 2.5-point road dogs. They overcame a ten-point fourth-quarter deficit, allowing a paltry nine points in the final 12 minutes. Joel Embiid led the charge with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Seth Curry added 18 points and five assists.
Embiid dominated the Hornets in that narrow overtime victory, as Phila failed to cover a 7.5-point spread. He had 43 points on 15-for-20 shooting from the field along with 15 rebounds and seven assists. The 76ers score 110.6 points per 100 possessions (tied-10th in the NBA) but surrender 109.4 in a return (17th).
- 7-4 ATS in the last 11 games against the Atlantic Division
- 0-5 ATS in the last five games at home
Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick
The Jazz destroyed the Sixers in their first meeting of the season, but Phila was without Joel Embiid. We should see a much closer battle at Wells Fargo Center and a great matchup between Embiid and Rudy Gobert.
Both teams will play without rest, so it’s tough to say who’ll come out on top. Utah will certainly continue to lean on its 3-point shooting, and the Sixers rank 21st in the league in the opponent 3-point percentage (21st). If Gobert slows Embiid down, the visitors should escape with a win.
Pick: Take Utah Jazz
The over is 8-1 in Utah’s last nine games overall. The Jazz play at a slightly slower pace, averaging 97.8 possessions per 48 minutes, but they take the most 3-point attempts in the league (43.3). On the other side, the Sixers take only 33.2 triples per 100 possessions. They play at the slowest pace in the NBA, registering 95.5 possessions per 48 minutes.
The 76ers have to slow down things as much as possible if they want to beat the Jazz. Utah has scored 127 or more points in three of its last four outings.
Pick: Go under