76ers, Jazz 4-Possession Favorites For Thursday’s NBA Matchups

  • The Philadelphia 76ers have -605 odds to beat the Detroit Pistons.
  • The Utah Jazz has -455 odds to beat the Houston Rockets.
  • Both the Jazz and the 76ers have covered the spread in the games they won this season.

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia 76ers host the Detroit Pistons and are 10.5-point favorites at home. The Utah Jazz are also 9.5-point favorites on the road against the Houston Rockets.

The 76ers are 2-2 on the season but managed to cover the spread in both games they won so far. The Jazz are 3-0 and have covered in every game.

The underdog Detroit Pistons are coming off of consecutive double-digit losses, hence why the spread at online sportsbooks is set so high.

76ers Can Cover

Detroit Pistons Vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  • 76ers Moneyline:  -605
  • Pistons Moneyline: +420
  • Spread: 76ers -10.5
  • Totals: O/U 212.5

The 76ers are averaging 110 PPG this season and the Detroit Pistons are averaging just 91.3; this is an 18.7-point point differential between these teams.

Additionally, Detroit gives up the third-most points off turnovers in the league with 22.7 per game and is averaging 18 turnovers per game this season. Philly averages 7.5 steals per game.

Because of how bad Detroit has been at controlling the ball, Philly could have more possessions this game than their previous and be easily able to capitalize and cover the -10.5 spread.

The 76ers total points are set at 112.5 with the Over being favored at EVEN odds. Meanwhile, Detroit’s total points are set at 101.5 at NBA sportsbooks, and the Under is favored -125. This reflects that sportsbooks and NBA gamblers are expecting Philly to cover.

Philadelphia is favored in game props to score first, reach 10 points first, and reach 20 points first as well.

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Team to score first in the game

  • Detroit Pistons +125
  • Philadelphia 76ers -159

As the points increase, the odds are shorter towards the Sixers.

First team to reach 10 points

  • Detroit Pistons +145
  • Philadelphia 76ers -190

This also reflects Philly likely to cover the spread as sportsbooks are leaning to Philly having the lead during the entire game.

First team to reach 20 points

  • Detroit Pistons +175
  • Philadelphia 76ers -240

Joel Embiid, star center of the Philadelphia 76ers, does have a nagging knee injury that could impact his game and lead to Philly not being as dominant offensively in this matchup as sportsbooks predict. Embiid is averaging 19.2 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field which is a career-low for him.

Things tip off Thursday at 7 p.m. EST and can be watched on NBC.

Utah Jazz Strong Out The Gate

The Utah Jazz are one of two remaining undefeated teams in the Western Conference and are top 10 in points at 113 PGG. The Rockets are averaging 108.3 PPG in 4 games for a 4.7-point differential.

Utah Jazz Vs. Houston Rockets

  • Jazz Moneyline: -455
  • Rockets Moneyline: +355
  • Spread: Jazz -9.5
  • Totals: O/U 221.5

The Rockets’ total points are set at 106.5 with the Under favored at -120. The Jazz total points are set at 116.5 with -115 odds on both sides.

While the Rockets’ total points are set below their PPG this season, Utah is one of the best defensive teams in the league which sportsbooks are accounting for.

Utah’s Rudy Gobert is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and is currently leading the league rebounds with 19 a game. Gobert has -111 odds to have 16+ rebounds and the Jazz win.

Gobert is averaging 4.7 offensive rebounds per game and the Jazz average 11 offensive rebounds as a team. The Rockets give up 9.5 second-chance points per game.

The Rockets have hit the Under in every game this season and Utah is 2-1 with hitting the Under this season.

This is likely to be a lower-scoring gamethat can be seen on NBA League Pass Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on NBA League Pass.