The Sixers look to improve to 2-1 on the season as they face the 0-2 Utah Jazz in the Jazz's home opener.
The 1-1 Sixers look to win their second consecutive game tonight as they travel to Utah to face Jazz in the Jazz's home opener. This is the third game of a five-game road trip to start the season for the Sixers, and the first of a back-to-back with Golden State on New Year's Eve.
It's early, but the 0-2 Jazz have been abysmal on both ends of the floor to start the season. They're 28th in the NBA in offensive efficiency at 88.4 and dead last in defensive efficiency at 111.1.
The Sixers are three-point road favorites according to Vegas. They're a good home team and are due for a breakout game after two terrible losses to start the season. Arguably the team's best player, Al Jefferson, is shooting 33 percent this season – that won't continue, especially against the Sixers soft interior defense.
The key to the game is going to be rebounding for both teams. Philadelphia ranks 14th in total rebounding and the Jazz rank 21st. However; the Jazz have a plethora of talented bigs who could cause the Sixers problems in the paint. Look for Paul Millsap and Enes Kanter to provide match-up problems off the bench.