After a day off on Sunday, the Philadelphia 76ers play their third game in four days as they host the Utah Jazz on Monday. The 76ers are fresh off a come from behind victory over the Indiana Pacers, 119-116, on Saturday. They are a perfect 9-0 at home on the season. The Jazz are also playing their third game in four days. They lost to the Toronto Raptors, 130-110, on Sunday.
Jazz try to break out of slumpThe Utah Jazz scored 73 points in the second half against the Raptors, but it wasn't enough to overcome a horrible first half in which the Jazz found themselves down by 40 points at halftime. As bad as things were in the first half, the Jazz turned it around in the second half, scoring 49 points in the third quarter, and eventually cutting the lead all the way down to 15 midway through the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
Mike Conley led the Jazz with 20 points on 7-13 shooting, including 4-6 from three-point range. Jeff Green contributed 19 points off the bench in just 15 minutes, and Rudy Gobert had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. For the game, Utah shot 42.2% from the floor and 37.1% from three-point range.
Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz in scoring for the season, averaging 25.3 points per game, followed closely behind by Bojan Bogdanovich at 22.1 points per game. Gobert is averaging a double-double, with 13.4 points per game and 13.9 rebounds per game, which is third-best in the league. The Jazz are averaging 106.6 points per game, while shooting 45.1% from the floor and 37.9% from three-point range.
76ers look to remain undefeated at homeIn Saturday's win against the Pacers, Ben Simmons stole the show...literally. Trailing 114-113 late in the fourth quarter, Simmons made three steals in the final 13.9 seconds of the game, which led to the 76ers going on a 6-2 run to close out the contest and give them the win. Simmons finished the game with 15 points, 13 assists, six rebounds, and four steals in the win.
Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown was singing Simmons praises after the game.
"The plays that he can make from an athletic standpoint and the plays he can make from a physical standpoint [late] in the game, are just elite," Brown said on CBSSports.com. "You hear me cheer-lead the cause of him being on an NBA All-Defensive team and it's examples like that [late steal] that make it a no-brainer."
Joel Embiid also had a double-double for Philadelphia, as he had game-highs in points and rebounds with 32 and 11, respectively. He was a perfect 15-15 from the foul line for the game. Embiid has been on a tear lately, as he has averaged 30.7 points and 14.7 rebounds in the three games since his first scoreless game of his career. He has also shot 40-44 from the line over that span, which is 90.9%. All five Philadelphia starters scored in double figures against the Pacers as the team shot 49.4% from the floor, 47.8% from three-point range, and 88.9% from the foul line.
Embiid leads the 76ers in points and rebounds for the season, averaging 22.8 points (16th in the league) and 12.3 rebounds (eighth in the league). Tobias Harris is second on the team with 18.1 points per game, followed by Josh Richardson at 16.1. Richardson has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury and is listed as day-to-day. Al Horford (14.4 points per game) and Ben Simmons (12.9 points, 8.4 assists per game) also score in double figures for Philadelphia, who has won three in a row and seven of their last eight. The 76ers shoot 46.9% from the floor for the season, while averaging nearly 109 points per game.
The following supporting trends found on oddsshark.com are:
- The 76ers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games against Northwest Division opponents
- The 76ers are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games against the Jazz at home
- The Jazz are 0-5 ATS in their last five games versus the 76ers