Two squads sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference, the Utah Jazz (17-18), who have lost only once in their last four games, are hosting the Philadelphia 76ers (22-13), who are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 12-27-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -5.5
Utah Jazz have a 17-18 record (17-17-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Mavericks in the 11th place of the West. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Blazers with a 117-96 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 20.2 ppg, adding 3.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 14.7 ppg and a team high 12.3 boards per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 22-13 record (16-19 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Celtics with a 114-121 score in overtime, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 26.6 ppg, adding a team high 13.2 boards per game. He is followed by Jimmy Butler with 18.8 ppg and 4.9 boards, while JJ Redick adds 18.1 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Sixers won at home with a 113-107 score. Jazz have a 7-7 home record, while the Sixers are 6-10 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 114.5 ppg to Jazz’s 107.2 ppg, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 105.6 ppg to Sixers’ 112. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (46.7% to 46.3%) and in 3-pointers (35.3% to 34.3%). Sixers are better in boards grabbed (47.7 to 43.8), in dimes made (26.8 to 24.9) and in turnovers committed (15.2 to 15.5). Jazz are playing a bit better lately and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Utah Jazz -5.5 (-108)
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