Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Saturday Night December 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM EST.
The (4-23) Philadelphia 76ers of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will make the trip from Portland where they are playing Friday Night to the Beehive State to take on the (9-20) Utah Jazz of the Western Conference Northwest Division in 2014 NBA action. The teams will play at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. This Sports Handicapper believes The Philadelphia 76ers are losing a loyal fan base that has supported them for years. The Utah Jazz are progressing as the season goes along. The betting line has Utah as a nine-point home favorite Against The Spread, and the betting odds total is at 195 for Saturday’s game.
The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers won two in a row at Orlando on December 21st and in Miami on the 23rd of this month. Philadelphia held both teams under 100-points in the two victories. The 76ers are giving up an average of 102-points per contest this season while scoring almost 92. The Philadelphia 76ers are 4-0 ATS in back to back games. The betting odds under is 4-0 their last four away from home. Philadelphia is 4-6, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under seven their last ten NBA Expert Point Spread Predictions this season. Philadelphia drafted well the past two season with Joel Emdiid this year in the first round, Michael-Carter Williams and Nerlins Noel in the 2013 draft. Philadelphia has plenty of young talent, but they need to start winning soon, last season was a disaster. The key to a Philadelphia win is for their young players to focus on defense, Embiid is still on the shelf with a foot injury.
The 201415 Utah Jazz have won three of four all away from Salt Lake City. Utah got a huge 97-91 signature win at Memphis on December 22nd and have had five days off. Utah is 4-0 ATS their last four played on Saturday’s and were 5-1 Against The Number their last six playing Philadelphia in the Beehive State. Utah returns home after a being on the road since the 14th of this month. Utah is 2-1 Against The Point Spread their last three at home, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under once. The key to a Utah win is to intimidate in the paint with Forward Derrick Favors and Center Enes Kanter. Gordon Heyward and Trey Burke are the Jazz most talented players, and they must make other better. Utah has won the last three straight up between the teams.
Free Pick: Utah-9.