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Saturday, December 26th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (7-21) at Utah Jazz (16-13), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz shoot for their sixth straight win over the Philadelphia 76ers when the two clubs square off tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.

Utah has won five straight, eight of nine and 14 of the last 17 meetings with the Sixers, who have lost four in a row and 18 of their last 20 trips to Salt Lake City.

The Jazz have lost two straight overall and three of their last four games, including Wednesday's 80-70 setback at Miami. Deron Williams ended with 18 points and Carlos Boozer scored 14 for Utah, which ended its five-game trek with a 2-3 record.

"This team is a better basketball team than we've shown," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said. "When we get on the road it's a chore for us to play. We have young guys. They need to learn how to be tough and play. We just really need to learn how to play on the road."

Utah is 11-4 as the host this season. Jazz forward Paul Millsap is questionable for Saturday with a mild concussion/lacerated mouth.

Philadelphia has dropped two in a row and opened a six-game road trip with a 105-98 loss on Tuesday at Washington.

Elton Brand had 18 points and 12 boards to pace the Sixers, who shot 50.7 percent overall, but just 6-of-18 in the last quarter. Willie Green added 16 points and six assists in a losing effort.

The 76ers will also visit the Blazers, Kings, Clippers and Nuggets on the road swing, and are 3-11 away from the Wachovia Center this season.

12/26 10:27:11 ET


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