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Sixers-Utah Jazz preview: Trying to win without Joel Embiid

Utah is coming off a humiliating 137-110 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday. They surrendered 56 points to Rockets point guard James Harden.

Sixers center Joel Embiid won’t play Tuesday against the Utah Jazz.
Sixers center Joel Embiid won’t play Tuesday against the Utah Jazz.Read moreYONG KIM / Staff Photographer

76ers (5-4) at Utah Jazz (5-5)

Tuesday at 9 p.m., at Vivint Smart Home Arena

Talking points

The best way to describe the Jazz is streaky. They are getting a lot of attention because of a 137-110 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday because Rockets guard James Harden finished with 56 points in the game. However, that was Utah's second straight blowout loss. Those setbacks came after the Jazz won three straight games on Oct. 28, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 on the heels of losing back-to-back matchups Oct 24 and 25.

Utah fans won't have to luxury of seeing two of the league's top big men – Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert – go head-to-head. Embiid will sit out this contest. The center has already missed one game due to the Sixers monitoring his workload.  On that night, they suffered a humbling 128-94 road setback to the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 21.

How to watch and follow the game

  1. TV and streaming: NBC Philadelphia

  2. Radio: 97.5 FM

  3. Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers

Starting lineups

Sixers (5-4)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  15.4 ppg. 1.56 spg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  8.2 ppg. 4.7 rpg.

5 Amir Johnson C 6-10 5.6 ppg. 5.7 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  15.0 ppg. 3.6 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 18.0 ppg. 9.8 rpg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 80-257)

Injury report: Joel Embid (rest, out); Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance, out); Jerryd Bayless (left wrist soreness, out).

Jazz  (5-5)

2 Joe Ingles SF 6-8 10.3 ppg 4.5 rpg.

15 Derrick Favors PF 6-10 11.3  ppg. 5.0 rpg.

27 Rudy Gobert C 7-1 13.9 ppg. 9.9 rpg.

5 Rodney Hood SG 6-4 14.4 ppg. 1.8 apg.

3 Ricky Rubio PG 6-4 16.3 ppg. 5.8 apg.

Coach: Quin Snyder (fourth season, 134-122)

Injury report:  Dante Exum (left shoulder surgery, out).

Head to head

The Jazz hold a 54-41 series advantage and have won the last nine overall meetings. They've won 12 straight series games in Utah.

Coming games

Thursday: 10 p.m., at Steep Train Arena, Sixers vs. Sacramento Kings

Saturday: 8:30 p.m., at Oracle Arena, Sixers vs. Golden State Warriors

Monday: 10:30 p.m., at Staples Center, Sixers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Wednesday: 10;30 p.m., at Staples Center, Sixers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Nov. 18: 7:30 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Golden State Warriors vs. Sixers