|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Utah Jazz||-2.5 (-110)
|Philadelphia 76ers||+2.5 (-110)
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
The Philadelphia 76ers have home-court advantage and Joel Embiid for this meeting with the Jazz. While the star power in this game is equal, the Jazz’s production in depth should see them through.
Utah Jazz def. Philadelphia 76ers (-140)
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|Utah Jazz||Head-to-Head||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Quin Snyder||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|16-7 (3rd in West)||Standing||13-11 (6th in East)|
|116.5 (1st of 30)||Off Rtg||110.6 (11th of 30)|
|107.1 (8th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.4 (17th of 30)|
|97.8 (18th of 30)||Pace||95.5 (30th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Mitchell (24.2)||PPG||J. Embiid (23.9)|
|R. Gobert (14.7)||RPG||J. Embiid (11.3)|
|M. Conley (5.4)||APG||T. Maxey (4.9)|
|D. Mitchell (1.7)||SPG||M. Thybulle (1.9)|
|R. Gobert (2.3)||BPG||J. Embiid (1.6)|
|R. Gobert (.731)/D. Mitchell (9.0)||FG%/FGM||M. Thybulle (.519)/T. Harris (7.7)|
|R. Gay (.478)/D. Mitchell (3.1)||3P%/3PM||D. Green (.419)/S. Curry, D. Green, G. Niang (2.1)|
|Udoka Azubuike||Utah Jazz||27 Nov 2021||Out (Ankle)||There is no timetable for Azubuike’s return after suffering a right ankle injury.|
|Hassan Whiteside||Utah Jazz||7 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Glute)||Whiteside was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Utah’s Wednesday (Dec 8) game.|
|Ben Simmons||Philadelphia 76ers||21 Oct 2021||Out (Back)||Simmons is not expected to play for an undetermined amount of time.|
|Grant Riller||Philadelphia 76ers||2 Dec 2021||Out (Shoulder)||Riller won’t return until he is re-evaluated by Sixers medical staff.|
|Tyrese Maxey||Philadelphia 76ers||7 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Illness)||Maxey was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Philadelphia’s Wednesday (Dec 8) game.|
When the Utah Jazz come up against the Philadelphia Sixers they must be wary. Unlike their last meeting the Sixers are healthy and ready to surround their star center with some capable shooting threats.
The Sixers are by no means one of the best three-point shooting teams in the NBA, but they sure are capable when need be. In their last two games, the Sixers were able to convert on 28 of 70 three-point field goal attempts while maintaining a more than 48% field goal percentage.
It really is pick-your-poison with the Sixers, but the Jazz are certainly capable. Rudy Gobert patrols paint and Utah’s perimeter defenders are aggressive enough to stop any run. While they won’t contain the paint or three completely, the Jazz must be in position to contest every attempt.
Donovan Mitchell is on full SPIDA mode ?pic.twitter.com/s3CnMDRv8k
— Jazz Nation (@JazzNationCP) December 9, 2021
One half of the Utah Jazz’s dynamic duo, Donovan Mitchell is coming off of a massive scoring night. When he faces the Sixers, he’ll have to overcome a group of versatile defenders.
In his last game, a 32-point victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Mitchell posted 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists in 34 minutes of play He shot 14 of 23 from the field and 5 of 12 from three.
The Sixers don’t own one of the more consistent defences in the league, but they’ve got a number of energetic and versatile defenders. Once you include Embiid guarding the rim, Mitchell suddenly needs his playmaking to match his scoring.
The last time the Sixers faced off against the Jazz they were dominated. Without Embiid in the lineup, it was just Andre Drummond manning the paint. To steal a victory and even the season series, the Sixers must stay competitive on the glass.
Without the threat of offensive rebounding or being able to secure a defensive rebound, the Jazz ran wild in their last game against Philadelphia. The Sixers were outrebounded 56 to 42 last time out.
The Sixers can’t just rely on Embiid when they come up against Utah, it must be a team effort. If they can compete in the paint, they have a great chance of winning the match.
Embiid to… Embiid ?
— NBA (@NBA) December 9, 2021
Joel Embiid’s state of good health is a huge plus to Philadelphia’s chances in this matchup. Coming off of a win against the Hornets, Embiid looks ready to take on the reigning defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert.
In Philly’s 110-106 victory over the Hornets, Embiid had a solid night. He posted 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 3 minutes of play. Most impressively, Embiid converted on 15 of 19 attempts from the free throw line.
Embiid is coming off of a game where he was very aggressive. That attitude will be needed against the defensively adept Utah Jazz.
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|Utah Jazz vs Philadelphia 76ers Information|
|Teams||Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers|
|Location||Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Time||7:00 PM EST, December 9th, 2021|
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