The top teams in the Western and Eastern conferences will meet on Monday, February 15th when the Utah Jazz host the Philadelphia 76ers. Utah continue to roll with the best record in the NBA at 22-5. Utah hasn’t lost in the month of February and is riding a seven-game winning streak. In their last time out, the Jazz handled the Miami Heat, which had been on a four-game winning streak, 112-94 on Saturday at home. Mike Conley will be held out with a hamstring injury.
Philadelphia comes in with an 18-9 record for the top spot in the East, though the 76ers have lost their last two games against the Portland Trail Blazers as well as the Phoenix Suns on Saturday 120-111. Joel Embiid is listed as questionable with a back injury, and the 76ers will be without Shake Milton again.
Pick ATS: Jazz -7.5
Utah is playing on another level right now, and the Jazz are blowing everybody out. Even against the top team in the East, the 7.5-point spread is still not enough. In this seven-game winning streak the Jazz are on, they’ve won every game by at least eight points and continue to cover spreads. Utah covered in each of their last six games. Check the injury reports on the status of Embiid as it gets closer to game time, but the Jazz are the play on Monday night.
Player Prop: Seth Curry O17.5 Pts + Rebs + Asts (-125)
Curry has the ability to put up 18+ points, so there’s value in this line. We’ll like this a lot more if Joel Embiid ends up being ruled out, since that’ll create more offensive opportunity for Curry. The matchup isn’t great but I feel like the Jazz will force the Sixers to up the pace on offense and chuck. If Embiid ends up playing, this isn’t a prop I’d be overly confident in but wouldn’t shy off of it either.
— Ben Zweiman
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