76ers vs. Jazz Prediction
Will the Philadelphia have any trouble when they travel out west to face the Utah Jazz tonight at 10:30PM ET?
509 Philadelphia 76ers vs. 510 Utah Jazz
Thursday, December 27, 2018
10:30PM ET – Vivint Smart Home Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Jazz are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the 76ers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 219.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 56 percent going on the 76ers on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
76ers slip up at Boston
The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off an OT loss at Boston on Christmas Day after they held a lead late. It snapped a two-game winning streak for Philly. The 76ers are 22-13 on the season, 6-10 on the road, 16-19 against the spread and 21-14 with the over.
Philly has one of the top offenses in the league, averaging 114.5 points per game on offense. Defensively, the 76ers are giving up 112 points per contest. Joel Embiid is averaging 26.6 points and 13.2 rebounds per game to lead the team while Jimmy Butler is adding 18.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.
Jazz heating up
The Utah Jazz are coming off a 117-96 win at home over the Portland Trail Blazers for their third win in four games. The lone loss came by a point against the Thunder. The Jazz are 17-18 overall, 7-7 at home, 17-17-1 against the spread and 18-17 with the under.
The Jazz are strong on defense this year, allowing just 105.6 points per game while allowing the second-fewest rebounds in the league at 42.5 per game. Offensively, Utah is averaging 107.2 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.2 points per game to lead the team while Rudy Gobert is adding 14.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The 76ers are 5-14 against the spread in their last 19 road games, but 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a loss.
The Jazz are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games when playing on 1 day of rest.
Philly hasn’t been great on the road and I don’t think this is a great matchup for them. Gobert can give Embiid some problems with his length and the Jazz defend well against guards, which could impact how much Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler can do. The Jazz will run a slower game, which could force Philadelphia out of its comfort zone and create some tempo problems for them.
NBA Prediction: Utah Jazz -5.5