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In the aftermath of a decisive 128-92 defeat to the New York Knicks on Friday in South Philadelphia, the 76ers (23-11) are presented with a swift chance at redemption as they host the Utah Jazz (16-20) on the second night of a back-to-back this Saturday.
Coach Nick Nurse embraces the prospect of a rapid turnaround, expressing the need for his team to regroup and face the challenges presented by the Jazz. The Sixers currently occupy the third spot in the Eastern Conference, trailing the second-placed Bucks (25-10) by 1.5 games, while the Celtics (27-7) maintain their position at the summit.
Joel Embiid, delivering another remarkable 30-point, 10-rebound double-double on Friday, maintains his grip on the NBA scoring title with an average of 34.6 points per game. The reigning MVP also ranks fifth in rebounds per game, securing 11.8 on average. Tyrese Maxey continues to shine, currently the 14th-highest scorer in the NBA this season, boasting a career-high average of 26.0 points per game.
Both Embiid and Maxey feature prominently in the early returns of NBA All-Star voting, released on Thursday afternoon. The Sixers' starting lineup on Friday, disrupted by the absence of De’Anthony Melton, included Embiid, Maxey, Tobias Harris, Nico Batum, and Kelly Oubre Jr.
Turning our attention to the Jazz, they too face the latter half of a back-to-back, having suffered a 126-97 defeat to the Celtics on Friday in Boston. Lauri Markkanen emerged as Utah's leading scorer, tallying 17 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while John Collins secured a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double, and Collin Sexton contributed 13 points, three assists, and three steals.
Despite the setback against the Celtics, the Jazz, currently positioned at No. 12 in the Western Conference, have achieved success in seven of their last 10 games. Markkanen leads Utah in both scoring (23.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg), while Jordan Clarkson maintains an average of 17.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and a team-high 5.2 assists per game.