Philadelphia 76ers (29-15) vs. Utah Jazz (24-23)
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz 2/1/24 – As the NBA season continues, the upcoming game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Utah Jazz on February 1, 2024, is garnering significant attention from fans and bettors alike. The 76ers, with a solid 29-15 record, are set to face the Jazz, who stand at a close 24-23. This game, scheduled to take place at the Delta Center and broadcasted on TNT, is a much-anticipated matchup in the world of Handicapping Sports Selections. Both teams, with their unique strengths and areas of improvement, promise to deliver an electrifying game.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been impressing this season. Averaging 119.5 points per game with a 47.7% field goal percentage and making 11.5 average 3-point field goals with 36.5% success rates per game are noteworthy feats of efficiency in any league. On defense, they average 9 steals and 6.1 blocks per game which further showcase their prowess; yet their 11.4 turnovers and 20.8 fouls per game should remain under control to stay at their current performance level.
However, Utah Jazz have shown remarkable resilience despite falling slightly behind in the standings. Averaging an average of 117.9 points per game and boasting a 47.1% field goal percentage compared to Philadelphia 76ers (83.4%) respectively, their strength lies in 3-point shooting which averages 13.3 attempts made per game at 35.8% rate and 48 rebounds and 28 assists per game respectively. Their turnover rate at 15.2 may pose as potential issues while their free throw percentage (82.2%) may cause concern as well.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz 2/1/24 Game Info
|Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 10:00 PM ET
|NBA League Pass
Kelly Oubre Jr. (SG) vs. Lauri Markkanen (PF)
Kelly Oubre has provided solid production on the wing in his first season with Philadelphia, averaging 12.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Though not a primary option, Oubre has shot efficiently on catch-and-shoot chances (47.7% FGs) while playing feisty defense. His energy injects life into the team. One downside to Oubre’s game is his outside shooting – just 31.5% from three this year.
Lauri Markkanen has had a breakout season replacing Rudy Gobert down low. Putting up 24 points with 8.8 rebounds per game, he’s proven capable as Utah’s top scoring threat. The versatile big man shoots well from all areas of the floor (52.5% FGs, 36.5% 3PT) with a deft scoring touch. While turnovers and defense remain works in progress, Markkanen has shown serious development as a go-to option.
This wing vs. big man matchup will be decided by Oubre’s activity level and Markkanen’s aggression. If Oubre can limit Lauri’s production inside through energetic defense, it would swing things in Philly’s favor. But if Markkanen overwhelms Oubre down low, the Jazz will gain an edge.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are currently TBD. However, given the teams’ records and performances, it is expected to be a closely contested match. Bettors should keep an eye on updates as the game day approaches.
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Trends
Betting trends favor the 76ers, who have been strong against the spread lately going 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS over their last 5 contests. Philadelphia has also covered well on the road this season, going 12-9 ATS as the away club. The totals have been high in Sixers’ games of late too, going over the total in 3 of their last 5 overall and in 14 of their previous 23 road matchups. This indicates their games have been both tightly contested and high-scoring lately.
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
For the Jazz, trends have them as underdogs in this matchup. Despite a 2-3 SU record over their past 5, Utah has fared slightly better ATS by covering in 3 of those outings. Still, at just 13-13 ATS at home, they do not have a pronounced edge. Like Philly, scoring has also been elevated in Jazz games, with 4 of Utah’s last 5 contests surpassing the total. With 12 of their 21 homes games also going over the set total, the Jazz have been involved in fast-paced, offense-first battles more often than not.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz 2/1/24 Betting Picks
Considering the statistical analysis and betting trends, this game is shaping up to be a nail-biter. Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses, but the 76ers’ slightly superior offense and defensive stats give them a narrow edge. However, the Jazz’s home advantage and 3-point shooting prowess cannot be underestimated.
In terms of NBA predictions tonight, the game could go either way, but the 76ers might have a slight advantage. Prop bets on total points and individual player performances, especially for key players like Oubre and Markkanen, could be interesting. The over/under also presents an intriguing option, given both teams’ recent trends towards high-scoring games.
Free Pick and Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers 116, Utah Jazz 112.