It’s an interconference tilt on the hardwood in the City of Brotherly Love. The Utah Jazz are on the road as they make the trip to face the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night. Utah was routed 118-68 on the road by the Mavericks Wednesday night in their last game. Philadelphia fell 111-106 on the road against the Magic on Wednesday in their last game. The Jazz owns a 54-43 lead in the all-time regular season series but the 76ers swept both matchups last season. That includes a 107-86 win here in the last matchup on November 20, 2017.
Utah Jazz Try to Put Clunker Behind Them
Utah saw their three-game win streak end with a thud as they were trounced by the Mavericks. In the process, the Jazz set the bar for the fewest points by a team in a game this season. Utah was down 12 at the half but was outscored 60-22 in the second half to go down in flames. The Jazz were handed their worst loss in franchise history since moving to Utah in the process. In the game, the team shot a miserable 30.9 percent, including a six of 35 showing from beyond the arc, while losing the rebounding battle 51-33. For good measure, the Jazz turned it over 22 times. Ricky Rubio led the team with 11 points in the loss. The Jazz are 4-4 ATS on the road with the over posting a 4-4 mark in those contests.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 15, 2018
The Jazz enter this contest 21st in the league in scoring offense with 107.4 points per game. Utah is in the lower half of the pack, ranking 24th in the league in rebounding with 42.4 boards per game. The Jazz is 14th in the league in assists with 23.8 per contest. Utah currently is 10th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 108.9 points per game. Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz with 20.4 points a game so far this season. Joe Ingles (13.8 points), Rudy Gobert (15.9 points, 13.3 boards, 2.21 blocks) and Jae Crowder (13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds) are all off to solid starts. Derrick Favors (11.2 points, 6.9 rebounds), Dante Exum, Ricky Rubio (10.6 points, 7.1 assists), Royce O’Neale, Ekpe Udoh and rookie Grayson Allen are all important parts of coach Quin Snyder’s rotation. Utah is tied for 14th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.4 percent from the floor. The Jazz are tied for 15h in the league in threes per game as they knock down 10.9 triples a night. Utah is tied for 17th in the league in three-point shooting as they knock down 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Philadelphia 76ers Look for Win in Butler’s Home Debut
Philadelphia had a chance to pick up the road win over the Magic in Jimmy Butler’s debut but came up short. The 76ers return home for this one, where they are 7-0 on the season, and look to get back in the win column. Philadelphia trailed by one at the half but outscored Orlando 35-23 in the third quarter to go up 11. Unfortunately, the 76ers fell apart in the fourth quarter as they were outscored 35-19 to take the loss. Philadelphia shot 47.7 percent from the field and knocked down 14 of 29 three point attempts. The 76ers allowed Orlando to hit an even 50 percent from the floor: JJ Redick led the 76ers with 22 points in the loss. The 76ers are 4-3 ATS and the over is 4-3 in their contests at home this season.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 15, 2018
The 76ers enter this game 10th in scoring offense with an average of 112.3 points per game in the early going. Philadelphia is 3rd in rebounding with 48.8 boards per game and stands 4th in assists with 26.5 per contest. The 76ers are 23rd in scoring defense by allowing an average of 112.8 points per game so far. Joel Embiid leads the team with 27.6 points plus 13.4 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per contest. Ben Simmons is averaging 14.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game and JJ Redick (18.2 points) is also averaging in double figures. Butler puts up 20.6 points, 5.1 boards and 4.1 assists a night with Minnesota and the 76ers this season. Amir Johnson, Markelle Fultz, Landry Shamet and T.J. McConnell are all key pieces in Brett Brown’s rotation. Wilson Chandler made his season debut against the Pistons November 3 after missing the first nine games of the year with a hamstring injury. Butler is expected to make his team debut later this week. Philadelphia is 16th in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.2 percent from the floor. The 76ers are tied for 11th in three pointers per game (11.4) but stand only 20th in three point percentage as they cash in 34.5 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss
- 76ers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. Northwest Division opponents
- Jazz are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 vs. Atlantic Division teams
- Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Utah has to have a better showing than we saw Wednesday night in Dallas. The Jazz were whipped from pillar to post in that game and they were just beaten in every sense of the word. Philadelphia had a chance to win Butler’s debut but fell apart in the fourth quarter. The 76ers have found a way to remain undefeated at home as they win close games that they would lose on the road. Look for that to be the case here as Philadelphia continues their winning ways at home with a victory here.
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -3
Full-Game Total Pick
Utah was absolutely atrocious in their defeat against Dallas. What makes it worse is that the Jazz already beat the Mavericks twice this season before getting hammered by 50. Philadelphia needs to find some perimeter shooting and that is something that Elton Brand has said he will do, is find someone to fill their open roster spot. Whether that means potentially getting Carmelo Anthony next month or someone else remains to be seen but you know the 76ers will be aggressive. Can they remain unbeaten at home on the year?
The Jazz have seen the under go 9-2 in their last 11 against Eastern Conference foes. The teams have stayed under the total in eight of their last nine meetings and in four of the last five meetings in Philadelphia. After Utah’s dismal offensive performance in their last game, you have to lean toward this one falling under the total. Philadelphia’s chemistry issues and their lack of perimeter shooting helps keep this one under the total as well.
Prediction: Under 217.5