Jazz-76ers Injury Update: Challenges for Philly as Jazz Aim to Hit .500 By AmericanNewss.com | Updated on 2/1/24 The Utah Jazz are eyeing a return to the .500 mark as they face the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Thursday. Currently standing at 24-25, they hold the 10th spot in the Western Conference. A win in this game would greatly benefit their Play-In Tournament aspirations. Philadelphia, on the other hand, is dealing with a four-game losing streak and is placed 5th in the Eastern Conference. While a victory on Thursday could lift their spirits, the numerous injuries they’re facing might pose a challenge. One significant setback for the 76ers is the absence of MVP candidate Joel Embiid, who will miss his second game against the Jazz due to a knee injury. His situation will be reevaluated over the next 24 hours, adding uncertainty to his return. This absence, coupled with a series of other injuries, puts Philadelphia in a tough spot.
Utah Jazz: Taylor Hendricks – OUT (G-League) Brice Sensabaugh – OUT (G-League) Johnny Juzang – OUT (two-way) Micah Potter – OUT (two-way) Jason Preston – OUT (two-way) Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid – OUT (knee) Tyrese Maxey – QUESTIONABLE (ankle) Nicolas Batum – QUESTIONABLE (hamstring) Marcus Morris – DOUBTFUL (foot) Robert Covington – OUT (knee) DeAnthony Melton – OUT (back) Kenneth Lofton Jr. – OUT (personal) In addition to Embiid, the 76ers may also miss their potential All-Star guard, Tyrese Maxey, who is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Although he has been sidelined for almost a week, there’s hope for his return. However, the outlook is less optimistic for Robert Covington, DeAnthony Melton, and Kenneth Lofton, as they have been ruled out for the game. On the Jazz side, the injury report is relatively light, with only G-League players listed as inactive. The team looks notably healthy, and fans might have to wait until after the trade deadline for any significant changes to the Utah rotation. The Jazz and 76ers will face off at the Delta Center tonight at 8 PM MT in a nationally televised game on TNT.