Utah Jazz vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 3/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-1.5)
The Utah Jazz (27-8) are headed to Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Philadelphia 76ers (23-12). Utah opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 223.
The Utah Jazz played the New Orleans Pelicans and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 129-124 in their last game. Utah walked away from the contest having earned a 45.5% FG percentage (46 out of 101) and converted 17 of their 43 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Jazz made 15 of their 18 attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. Concerning hauling in boards, they collected a total of 39 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 26 assists for the matchup while forcing 13 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In the matter of the defense, Utah allowed the other team to go 56.5% from the field on 52 of 92 shooting. New Orleans doled out 27 assists and had 5 steals for the game. In addition, New Orleans snagged 53 rebounds (10 offensive, 43 defensive) and got 5 blocks. New Orleans finished the game at 78.3% at the charity stripe by knocking down 18 of their 23 attempts. They also made 7 of 11 shots from 3-point land.
Bojan Bogdanovic is someone who came through for this game. He accounted for 31 points on 11 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32:26 mins and pulled down 7 boards. Bogdanovic finished the game at 52.4% from the floor and also earned 1 assist. Another guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Jazz was Rudy Gobert. He snagged 9 rebounds in 33:22 min on the court. He went 69.2% from the field in the game by connecting on 9-of-13 (22 points). When this game wrapped up, Gobert had accumulated 1 assist.
Utah heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 27-8 this year. They are losing possession via turnover 14.1 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.8 fouls every game. As a team, Utah is pulling down 47.9 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 837 assists for the season, which is 16th in the league in terms of passing. The Jazz are connecting on 39.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (593 of 1,498) and 78.1% from the free throw line. They average 116.4 pts per contest (3rd in the league) while shooting 46.9% from the field. Defensively, the Jazz are forcing 11.6 turnovers per game while drawing 19.5 fouls. The Jazz defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.7% (406 of 681) and they surrender 42.3 boards per game as a unit. They are 6th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 772 conceded this season. They are giving up 35.5% on three-point shots while they are 3rd in the league in PPG allowed (107.1).
The last time they took the court, the Philadelphia 76ers walked away with a victory by a final of 130-114 when they faced the Indiana Pacers. The 76ers were able to collect 33 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for the game. They also turned the ball over 19 times, while recording 10 steals in this game. The Pacers were called for 19 personal fouls in this matchup which took the 76ers to the charity stripe for 16 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 93.8%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Philadelphia knocked down 15 out of 35 tries (42.9%). When the final whistle blew, the 76ers finished the game shooting 50 for 88 from the field which gave them a rate of 56.8%. The 76ers allowed the Pacers to convert 44 of 91 tries from the floor which had them shooting 48.4% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 27.6% from beyond the perimeter via 8 of 29 and ended up going 18 of 21 from the charity stripe (85.7%). Concerning rebounds, Philadelphia permitted Indiana to get 34 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Joel Embiid was important for the 76ers for the matchup. He made 10 of 17 for the game for a field goal percentage of 58.8%, and earned 13 rebounds. Embiid racked up 24 points in his 26:59 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 assists in the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Philadelphia was Ben Simmons. He finished with 2 dimes in his 27:56 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 7 out of 11 from the floor. Simmons walked away from this one going 63.6% from the floor while contributing 18 points and 6 total rebounds.
Philadelphia has a win-loss mark of 23-12 this season. The 76ers commit 20.1 personal fouls per game and they hit 78.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 23.5 times per game (22nd in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.7 times per game. Philadelphia has earned 3,997 pts for the year (114.2 per game) and they average 45.7 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the 76ers are hitting on 47.6% from the field, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. The 76ers on defense are ranked 10th in the league in PPG allowed with 110.8. They allow 24.0 assists and 42.3 boards per game, which has them ranked 11th and 7th in basketball. The Philadelphia defense surrenders 36.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (439 of 1,211) and opponents are knocking down 78.5% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.1% from the floor (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah (-1.5)
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