Utah Jazz basketball: What to expect from the Philadelphia 76ers

Published: Friday, Nov. 16 2012 3:42 p.m. MST

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

As the 4-5 Utah Jazz travel to play the 4-4 Philadephia 76ers, there are a few things fans should keep an out for.

Saying the Philadelphia 76ers are struggling would be an understatement.

The 76ers have a 4-4 record but their play as of late has been much worse than that in their last two games. First, Philadelphia lost at home to the Milwaukee bucks 105-96, then they lost at home to the horrible Detroit Pistons by the score of 94-76. The Sixers shot an anemic 29.8 percent from the floor and had only two players score 10-plus points.

The loss to the Pistons was the second straight loss for the Sixers and third in a row at home, where they boast a record of just 1-3. In that loss, Philadelphia scored just 28 points in the paint and got dominated on the glass 58-37.

A good portion of Philadelphia's problem is that Andrew Bynum is hurt. Bynum has yet to set foot on the court this season due to a knee injury, and the Sixers are paying for it. As a team, the Sixers rank near the bottom of the NBA, scoring just 33.5 points in the paint per game.

Big men for the Jazz might be licking their chops going into Philadelphia. The Jazz average 43.1 points in the paint per game and as a team outrebounded the Celtics 48-33, Wednesday night.

A big problem for the Sixers has been starting the game well.

"We have to impose our will on the game early, pretty much from the Jump," Sixers forward Thaddeus Young, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We have to go out there, be active and show a lot of aggressiveness."

The Sixers have struggled to be active and agressive in their last two home losses. In those games, the Bucks and Pistons outrebounded the Sixers by a total of 36 and have been outscored in the paints by a staggering 84-52. That's something the Jazz will want to take advantage of.

The last time these two teams faced off, Young scored 21 points. But so far this year, Young hasn't scored more than 16 points in a game.

For the Jazz to get their second win on the road, crashing the boards and being physical in the paint could be huge factors.

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