NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, March 25th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (27-42) at Utah Jazz (34-36), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz are doing their playoff chances no favors
with their recent play.
The Jazz, who are tied for ninth in the Western Conference with the Dallas
Mavericks, have lost four in a row and will try to get back in the postseason
hunt when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Utah hasn't just lost four straight. The Jazz have dropped 12 of their last 15
just as the regular season is coming to an end. Utah is two games behind the
Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the west. The Jazz fell into
a tie with the Mavericks, who bested them, in Dallas, 113-108 on Sunday.
"We can't get the games back that we lost," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "We
need to learn lessons from it. But we have to find a way to get better."
The Mavs were eight clear, but the Jazz threw a frenetic charge at them late.
Two layups and a free throw cut the margin to three points with 7.3 seconds
left, but it wasn't enough to stop a nine-game road losing streak.
Seven Jazz players scored in double digits, led by 17 off the bench for Enes
Kanter. Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson both had 15. Gordon Hayward, Randy Foye,
Mo Williams and Alec Burks also cracked the 10-point mark.
The Jazz have eight of their last 12 at home.
The Sixers snapped a 15-game road losing streak on Sunday night when they
knocked off the Sacramento Kings 117-103.
"Finally feels good to win on the road," head coach Doug Collins said. "I'm so
happy with our guys, especially with the way they bounced back after that
tough, tough loss in Denver. It shows a lot about our guys, at this stage of
the season, to come out and fight."
The "tough, tough loss" Collins referred to was when the Sixers squandered a
five-point lead with 14 seconds to lose to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday
Philly fell nine points behind on Sunday, but tied the score at the half. The
Sixers were relentless in the third quarter, winning that frame by nine, then
closing out the game to halt a two-game losing streak.
The Sixers got great contributions from their bench. Dorell Wright led
Philadelphia with 22 points, followed by 20 from Lavoy Allen. Jrue Holiday
notched 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sixers wrap up a four-game western trip on Monday, then return home to
play the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Philly has nine of its last 14 on the
The 76ers have won two straight against the Jazz, but have lost seven in a row
in Salt Lake City.
03/25 10:24:36 ET