Utah Jazz vs Philadelphia 76ers (By: Miyagi)
There will be some good battles in this game with the one between the two 'old-school' Centers, Embiid and Gobert being the most anticipated and interesting. Gobert is a human wall and it is never wise to attack the basket when he is near, in the danger of making to the Top 10 for the wrong reasons. That's why one of Embiid's tasks in this game specifically, whether he likes it or not, will be to stretch the court and lure him away from the basket.
Those are two teams that are doing a lot of work in defense and it is not surprising that they rank among the top 4 in the league in assists allowed per game thus their opponents have to be more direct in making their own baskets. Normally the under at those 220 lines would be an instant call but you never know with the crazy Jazz.
Simmons was far from aggressive in his last game, against the Celtics, which was very rare given what he has shown during the last month. This game won't be any easier for him but the Sixers will definitely need his aggressiveness and his ability to grind the opponents and draw fouls.
There is a strange fact with Simmons as he has his both top 2 career-high FG attempts in a single game against the Jazz, last season. In the first game he had 22 attempts (16 points) and in the second game, he had 24 attempts (27 points).
In their first meeting of this season, Simmons scored 10 points (4-9 FG).
Simmons is a lot more aggressive than he used to be, he doesn't hesitate to drive to the basket even when the odds are against him and is also making some great mid-range fade away shots from time to time. He has the edge in pace and agility against Ingles today and all he needs is Embiid to do his part and make space while it's a good one to go for considering this very low line and the higher odds.
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Utah Jazz vs Philadelphia 76ers prediction
|Simmons Over 15.5 Points||Bet365||2.10||7||13 LOST (-7 units)|