Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers Odds & Predictions

by | Dec 9, 2021 | nba

Utah Jazz (17-7 SU, 13-11 ATS) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (14-11 SU, 12-13 ATS)
When: Thursday December 09 2021, 07:00 PM (ET)
Where: Wells Fargo Center: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: NBA TV

Point Spread: UTA -3.5/PHI 3.5 (Opened at -3.5 at BetNow - Now offering Predicting readers a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000!)
Total: 217.5 (Opened at 217.5)
Money Line: Utah -160/Philadelphia +140)
Power Rating: UTA -3.5

Probable Starting Lineups

Jazz: PG Mike Conley, SG Donovan Mitchell, SF Bojan Bogdanovic, PF Royce O’Neale, C Rudy Gobert

76ers: PG Tyrese Maxey, SG Setch Curry, SF Danny Green, PF Tobias Harris, C Joel Embiid

Key Injuries

Jazz Udoka Azubuike: ankle (OUT) Elijah Hughes: illness (OUT) Hassan Whiteside: buttocks (QUESTIONABLE)

76ers
Grant Riller: knee (QUESTIONABLE) Ben Simmons: holdout (OUT)

The Utah Jazz enter today’s game, having won 5 straight games. In their past ten contests, the Jazz have played well, going 8-2. As the road team, the Jazz travel to Philadelphia with a positive plus-minus of rating 9.9 points. Overall, the Jazz is ranked 2nd among NBA teams in point differential (7.9). Among NBA teams, they have played the 23rd toughest schedule.

For bettors, taking the Utah Jazz to cover the spread has been a winning bet as they have covered in 54.20% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is 1.7.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is SG Donovan Mitchell. So far, Mitchell is averaging 24.74 points per game. This output places him 2nd among shooting guards. Mitchell is also the team’s best three-point shooter, knocking down 3.17 shots per game. Rudy Gobert has been in charge of cleaning up the glass, hauling in 14.46 boards per game.

The Philadelphia 76ers enter today’s game, having won 3 straight games. In their past ten contests, the 76ers have played at an above .500 rate, going 6-4. As they get set to host the Jazz, Philadelphia has a positive home plus-minus of 2.8 points. Overall, the 76ers are ranked 13th among NBA teams in point differential (5.9). For the year, they have played the 7th hardest schedule.

In terms of betting, taking the Philadelphia 76ers to cover the spread has been a losing bet. So far, they have covered the spread in 48.00% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is 1.0.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is PG Tyrese Maxey. So far, Maxey is averaging 16.75 points per game. The 76ers’ best three-point shooter has been Seth Curry, connecting on 2.22 shots from downtown. Andre Drummond is the team leader in rebounds, hauling in 10.0 boards per game.

An Eye On Pace

In terms of pace, the Utah Jazz are in the middle of the pack. So far, the team is ranked 16th, averaging 98 possessions per game. However, they are ranked first in three-point attempts, taking 42 shots per game from behind the arc. On the other side, the 76ers average only 95 possessions per game, placing them 30th in the league. This is most represented in their lack of three-point shots, averaging just 26 per contest.

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Key Matchups

The key to this game is how well the 76ers can defend Utah behind the three-point line. On the season, they have attempted more threes than any other team in the league while still maintaining a shooting percentage of nearly 38%. Defensively, Philadelphia is 12th overall, allowing 106 points per game. So far, teams are hitting just under 36% of their shots behind the arc. If the Sixers are going to pull off the win, they must continue generating turnovers at their current rate. Through 25 games, they lead the league in steals at 6.6 per contest.

The Historicals

This matchup will be the second meeting of the year between these two teams. In the first game, Utah won by a score of 120-85.

How the Public is Betting the Bucks vs. Heat

65% are betting the Jazz against the spread.

55% are wagering on the game to go under the posted total of 217.5.

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
  • Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite.
  • 76ers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog.
  • 76ers are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall.

Joe’s Pick To Cover The Spread

On the year, the Utah Jazz have been favored in every single game. The line of -3.5 is one of the lowest spreads of the season. They recently covered a 6.5 point spread vs. Minnesota by 25.5 points. Look for Utah to come away with this win and cover the spread. Even though the Sixers are an above-average defensive team, there is little chance of them keeping up with the outside shooting of Utah. I recommend rolling with the Jazz in this game.

Prop Bets Worth Wagering

If you are looking to take a prop bet in this game, you can’t go wrong taking Donovan Mitchell. As of late, Mitchell has been one of the hottest players in the league, surpassing 30 points in each of his past four outings. Did you know that we employ (2) professional handicappers that win every season that give out their picks for FREE on our free picks page? They’ll start releasing basketball picks on Monday! Bookmark that page and reap the benefits by hitting it daily!