The Utah Jazz play poorly on the road as a general rule. The Philadelphia 76ers are playing terrible basketball at the present moment. Something will have to give in Friday’s contest. See how to make a pick on this game inside.

NBA Basketball Betting – Utah vs. Philadelphia Picks 

The 76ers find themselves as a 1.5-point favorite on the basketball betting odds lines.

The Jazz can win because: 

Betting OddsTheir opponent is in a state of freefall right now. The 76ers are lost at sea without Andrew Bynum – the big man they acquired in a series of trades in the offseason. 

While the Sixers lost Andre Iguodala to Denver, Bynum came to the team from the Los Angeles Lakers. The hope was that Bynum, freed from the shadows of both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, would become the centerpiece of the Philadelphia roster and flourish in a situation where he was the primary option at the offensive end of the floor. However, with Bynum out of the lineup until December at the earliest due to lingering problems with his right knee, the Sixers don't have the ingredients they need to be an upper-tier team. 

Philadelphia is getting whacked at home by opponents that are mediocre at best. The Sixers have lost at home to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons this week already. The loss to Detroit gave the Pistons their first win of the season in nine tries and it wasn't even particularly close.

The Sixers are a mess and this is why Utah, for all of its problems away from Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, can grab a rare road win. A long East Coast road trip early in the season is certainly testing the Jazz, but they will play this game on Friday with a day of rest in their pocket. They last played on Wednesday night in Boston against the Celtics. Having a day of rest will give them a needed lift.

The 76ers can win because:

They're going to be motivated to play well and because their opponent just doesn't close the sale on the road.

The Jazz are 1-4 on the road so far this season and their only win came against the lowly Toronto Raptors in a triple-overtime game that the Raptors nearly swiped on two occasions. The Jazz trailed the Raptors by three points in the final seconds of regulation but hit a tying triple with just under three seconds left to force overtime. The Jazz were down by two points late in the first overtime period but got a tying bucket in that situation as well. The Jazz are very talented but they're young and are still at a point in their overall evolution where they're learning how to conduct themselves over the course of a full season. They're very much in a comfort zone at home but the grind of travel and the lack of friendly energy in road arenas have proven to be very disruptive for them on a consistent basis.

Philadelphia is collectively embarrassed after its awful performance against Detroit on Wednesday. The Sixers will make it a priority to bounce back, and that insistence is what will probably carry Philadelphia to a needed win. 

Outlook & NBA Basketball Betting Prediction: This is one of the more difficult NBA picks for tonight...

Philadelphia will be just desperate enough to outwork Utah in critical situations. This should be a close game, with the Sixers grabbing a few late loose balls to generate second-chance points and ultimately top the Jazz.

NBA Basketball Pick: Philadelphia -1.5 at Diamond

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