Will Joel Embiid Play Tonight? Philadelphia 76ers vs Utah Jazz: Preview, Injury Updates, and Prediction

Published 03/03/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Feb 9, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dribbles the ball against Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers have been a joy to watch this season, and so have the Utah Jazz. These two teams have been incredibly dominant so far, but which team will come out on top when these two conference leaders clash on Wednesday? 

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Venue: Wells Fargo Center

Time: 7:00 PM ET (March 3, 2021)

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The Sixers versus the Jazz will undoubtedly be a cracking clash as these two teams have been leading the league by example. This will be the second regular-season meeting between these two and it was Utah that won the initial clash on February 15. 

Philadelphia 76ers vs Utah Jazz: Injury Updates and Lineups

76ers

The first meeting took place in Utah, and the reverse fixture is a home game for the Sixers. The team has won three of its last five games, with the most recent one coming through a comfortable victory against the Indiana Pacers. 

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid has been dominant ever since the season began, but what’s more inspiring is the Sixers’ bench. Players like Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz have been vital contributors, and the team only has Tobias Harris on the day-to-day list ahead of the Jazz game, so there’s not too much worry about injuries. 

Possible Lineup

Ben Simmons (G) 

Seth Curry (G) 

Danny Green (F) 

Mike Scott (F) 

Joel Embiid (C) 

Jazz

The Utah Jazz lead the league in terms of their regular-season record. The team has won 27 games so far and has only lost eight. Such has been the level of basketball that Donovan Mitchell and co. having been playing this season.

The Jazz have been at their best when playing Eastern Conference teams this season. Only three out of their eight losses have come against Eastern teams, and that is a record in their favor. 

Furthermore, Utah has maintained a healthy roster which has been a key part of its success. Only rookie and two-way player Udoka Azubuike is currently on the team’s injury list

Possible Lineup

Mike Conley (G) 

Donovan Mitchell (G) 

Bojan Bogdanovic (F) 

Royce O’Neale (F) 

Rudy Gobert (C) 

Prediction

The Utah Jazz have played some wholesome basketball this season. They currently have the league’s second-best offensive rating and the third-best defensive rating. Hence, the stats are in their favor to win the upcoming game. 

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Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slaps the hand of center Rudy Gobert (27) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz wins 108-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, the Sixers have been utterly dominant as a unit. Joel Embiid has been spearheading the attack, and the supporting cast is up to the mark in helping him out. However, considering that the Sixers are capable of slip-ups, the odds are against them in the Jazz game. 

The Jazz have been a formidable team in the league. We predict that the Utah Jazz will win against the Philadelphia 76ers and complete a 2-0 sweep against them this season. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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