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Utah Jazz matchup watch: 76ers' Joel Embiid vs. Jazz's Rudy Gobert

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Utah Jazz (4-3) at Philadelphia 76ers (0-5)

Today, 5 p.m.

TV: ROOT

Radio: AM-1280, FM-97.5


The Utah Jazz are heading to Philadelphia to face off against the 76ers in the second game of the five-game eastern road swing.

The 76ers are winless on the season in five attempts after losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While the won-loss record hasn't been impressive, Philadelphia has been close on several occasions, including a two-point loss to the Magic and one-point loss to the defending champion Cavaliers.

The biggest bright spot through the five-game losing streak has been rookie center Joel Embiid, who is finally on the floor after missing his first two seasons with injuries.

He has been a force so far this season averaging 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.5 assists in just 22 minutes a night.

Charged to slow him down will be Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who is also off to an impressive start shooting 59.5 percent from the floor over the first seven games.

Limiting Embiid to run him off the 3-point line is one of the keys for Gobert. Embiid has been very efficient from beyond the arc, connecting on 66.7 percent of his shots in his four games, including a 4-for-4 performance against Cleveland.

It will also be important for Gobert to play Embiid straight up without fouling. Even though he is playing limited minutes, Embiid is getting to the foul line 6.3 times per game where he is hitting 80 percent.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.