NBA Basketball

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Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Utah 34 27 28 29 5 123
Philadelphia 26 26 32 34 13 131
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT23:00 , March 3, 2021
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

76ers host Jazz in clash of conference heavyweights

According to STATS
According to STATS

Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers

  1. The 76ers lost in Utah on February 15, 134-123, one of two games this season they have allowed more than 122 points in regulation (126 versus Washington on January 6). Prior to that defeat, Philadelphia won five of six over Utah between 2017-18 and 2019-20, including a 3-0 record at home.
  2. The Jazz fell to 3-3 in their last six games after a 129-124 loss in New Orleans on Monday. Utah allowed the Pelicans to shoot 56.5 percent from the field, highest by a Jazz opponent since the Pacers shot 58.3 percent on November 26, 2018.
  3. Bojan Bogdanovic, who led Utah with 31 points on Monday, is shooting 47.8 percent from the field on the road this season compared to 37.5 percent at home. His 10.3 percent difference is the second largest among 87 players with 150+ field-goal attempts both at home and on the road (Jamal Murray -- 14.0%).
  4. The 76ers shot 42.9 percent from three-point range in their 130-114 win over the Pacers on Monday, giving them a 12-1 record when shooting 40.0 percent or better. Only two teams have a better record in such games in 2020-21: the Jazz at 14-1 and the Trail Blazers at 13-1.
  5. Shake Milton led the Sixers with 26 points off the bench on Monday, his third 25-point game this year after having two through the first two seasons of his career. He ranks fifth in the NBA in bench scoring (minimum 20 games) with 13.5 points per game; Utah's Jordan Clarkson ranks first with 18.2 ppg.
  6. The Jazz are a perfect 24-0 and are the league's only unbeaten this season when posting a higher field-goal percentage than their opponent. The 76ers have outshot their opponents in a league-high 27 games -- three more than any other team (Nets, Lakers, Bucks, Jazz) -- and are 21-6 in those contests.

The current top seed in the Eastern Conference will battle the No. 1 seed in West when the Utah Jazz visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

It's the last game for both teams before the All-Star break, however it might not be their final meeting should they advance to the NBA Finals this summer.

"Hopefully it's a precursor for the end of the year," 76ers head coach Doc Rivers said.

The Jazz posted a 134-123 victory over Philadelphia on Feb. 15 in Salt Lake City.

The Sixers played a stellar all-around game in a 130-114 win over the visiting Indiana Pacers on Monday.

Shake Milton gave Philadelphia a spark off the bench with 26 points versus the Pacers. Joel Embiid added 24 points and 13 rebounds, Furkan Korkmaz contributed 19 points and Ben Simmons had 18 in a balanced effort.

The bench posted a season-best 67 points as the Sixers improved their home record to an Eastern Conference-best 15-3.

There have been a few clunkers for the Sixers this season, including a pair of losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the most part, the team has really meshed well in Rivers' first season.

"It's something you work on though," Rivers said. "I didn't think it just happens. Chemistry is something you work on every day, you talk about every day. You sell the roles of each player. You give that player a lot of credit for playing his role. I mean, it's not by accident."

Tobias Harris likely will return on Wednesday after missing the last two games with a right knee contusion.

"We need him," Rivers said. "Hopefully, we can get him back next game."

The Jazz hope to avoid their third loss in four games on Wednesday.

Utah dropped a 129-124 decision on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday despite Bojan Bogdanovic's seven 3-pointers and 31 points. Donovan Mitchell added 21 points.

"This is a tough loss," Mitchell said. "I think we're all pretty upset about this because it's stuff that we knew. It wasn't like we were tired. It wasn't like they did anything (unexpected). We just didn't have the urgency and that can't happen."

Rudy Gobert, who collected 22 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots, will need another stellar performance against Embiid as the Jazz close out a four-game road trip.

Individual matchups aside, the Jazz know they're likely going to score with arguably the deepest roster in the league. Defensively, they allowed the Pelicans to shoot 56.5 percent from the field and score 74 points in the paint.

To win in Philadelphia, those statistics must change.

"When we're better defensively, the offense takes care of itself," Gobert said. "And we've seen that many times earlier in the season, when our mind is not in the right place. When we don't play the kind of defense that we know we can play, it usually affects our offense, too. And those nights are usually not our best nights."

Head coach Quin Snyder echoed similar thoughts.

"There's a lot of things that we didn't do defensively," Snyder said. "And that's what we've done coming out of halftime -- we've raised our level on the defensive end and been able to get out in transition and make people pay for those situations. But if we're not getting stops, it's harder for us to play offense."

--Field Level Media

Updated March 3, 2021

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