Utah Jazz vs Philadelphia 76ers 12/9/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers Matchup Preview (12/9/21)

The Utah Jazz will be taking a flight to Philly to take on the 76ers in an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference showdown. Philadelphia finally has a healthy roster after missing all of its best players for a substantial amount of time, some due to COVID protocols and others due to injuries. Still, the Sixers have not capitalized on their healthy roster, and every game they actually win is too close for comfort. However, Joel Embiid is coming off a massive game where he had 43 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists. Philly squeezed out a win against the Charlotte Hornets, but it took every ounce of Embiid’s talent and energy to get it. Meanwhile, Utah has won its past four games, which included wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, and New Orleans Pelicans. The Jazz have been one of the few NBA teams this season that has avoided major injuries to their players. Their starting lineup has been very consistent, which has helped them build chemistry and establish themselves as one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds

I really like the Jazz in this spot, especially if they are only giving a couple of points. If you take away the two recent overtime games that Philadelphia has played in, it is only averaging right around 100 points per game over the past month. Meanwhile, Utah has been putting up massive point totals recently, including 129 against the Portland Trail Blazers, 137 against the Boston Celtics, and 127 against the New Orleans Pelicans. In the last matchup between these two teams, Utah dusted Philly by a score of 120-85. I don’t expect a fully healthy Sixers team to get beaten this badly again; however, I could still see it being a double-digit victory for the Utah Jazz, even though they are on the road. Take the Jazz ATS and don’t talk yourself out of it.

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TV Schedule

Date: 12/9/21
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Arena: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Channel: NBA TV

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Utah Jazz Starting Lineup

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

Utah Jazz Analysis

Utah has only lost two games since November 14th, and each loss was by merely one point. While it is not a streak like the Phoenix Suns had, it certainly is nothing to scoff at by any means. The Jazz returned every key contributor from last year’s team and has avoided any major injury as well. Perhaps, this is the year that they break through in the playoffs. Currently, they rank sixth in 3P% (three-point percentage), first in eFG% (effective field goal percentage), second in points per game, and first in offensive efficiency. The scary thing is that they have not even hit their ceiling yet. The Jazz have plenty of capable three-point shooters who aren’t hitting at their usual clip.

Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup

PG: Tyrese Maxey
SG: Seth Curry
SF: Danny Green
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers Analysis

Philadelphia was finally able to break through its minor slump with two close wins against the Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks. Unfortunately, the Sixers still don’t look like they are quite clicking offensively, which is a slight cause for concern. Joel Embiid had 43 points on merely 20 shots against the Hornets, and they still only won three points. That is somewhat head-scratching, considering that Embiid played one of the best games of the year. Additionally, Upon Embiid’s return to the lineup, Tyrese Maxey has also taken a step back in his scoring and shooting efficiency. If the Sixers want to be an Eastern Conference contender, then Maxey will have to find a more consistent way to mesh with Embiid and his high usage offensively. WIth that being said, there is still reason to be somewhat optimistic about the Sixers’ future this season. They have been playing much better defense since Embiid and Matisse Thybulle have been back in the rotation. Without those two, Philly was tragic on the defensive end, and consequently dropped a lot of games. Philadelphia has an outside shot of winning this game, but it will take a massive offensive effort as there is no way that the Sixers will be able to stop the Utah Jazz’s potent offense.

Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers Daily Fantasy Picks

Joel Embiid is finally back from his long battle with COVID and looking better than ever after an amazing performance against the Charlotte Hornets. Embiid dropped 43 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists on only 20 shot attempts. That marks the second time in Embiid’s past five games that he has surpassed the 40 point mark, which is pretty amazing. While it is too late for a legitimate MVP campaign, Embiid can still put up huge numbers and lead the Sixers deep into the playoffs, especially when he is having games like that. It is important to realize that Embiid will not always be the most ideal play due to his high salary in DFS, but keep certain matchups in mind. Embiid should absolutely get up for a matchup against Rudy Gobert.

An honorary pick for your DFS lineup is Bojan Bogdanovic, who has been one of the unsung heroes of the almost robotic Utah Jazz team. Bogdanovic is putting together an impressive season so far, averaging 16.8 points, the second-most on the team, four rebounds, and 1.9 assists on a near 46/41/92 shooting split. He is not far from the ever-elusive 50/40/90 and every single game that Donovan Mitchell gets a ton of attention from defenses, Bogdanovic should continue to draw open looks. Bogdanovic is a solid DFS play, because of his scoring ability, and he is generally undervalued.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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