Each team will try and avoid losing a third straight game following a lengthy winning streak when they conclude their regular season-series Friday night at the Wachovia Center.
The Northwest Division-leading Jazz (43-21) are fourth in the Western Conference and headed to their first playoff appearance since 2002-03. The 76ers (25-40), meanwhile, are 12th in the Eastern Conference and 4 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
After winning six in a row, Utah has dropped back-to-back games, including a 101-90 defeat to Orlando on Wednesday night. The Jazz committed 22 turnovers -- 10 coming in the first 15 minutes -- as the Magic capitalized with 27 points off those giveaways.
Utah hasn't lost three in a row since a season-high four-game skid Jan. 9-15.
"We have to get better fast," said Jazz leading scorer Carlos Boozer, who had 29 points and seven rebounds in the loss. "Playoffs are no joke. I have been talking to some of the guys who have been there like (Derek Fisher) and teams take stuff away.
"We have to be able to adjust to it and play more physical and not be taken back by other people's physical play."
Boozer has certainly played well recently versus the Sixers, averaging 26.3 points on 65.9 percent shooting and 11.3 rebounds in his last three meetings with them. He had a game-high 27 points on Jan. 3 to help the Jazz beat Philadelphia 98-87.
Utah's second-leading scorer Mehmet Okur is averaging 22.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in his last three meetings with Philadelphia and had 21 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday for back-to-back double-doubles.
Utah has taken three straight matchups with Philadelphia and holds a 26-6 advantage in the last 32 meetings. The Sixers lost 88-87 to Chicago on Wednesday night for their second straight loss following a season-high seven-game winning streak.
"We are so much closer to turning things around," said Sixers forward Kyle Korver, who is second on the team with 14.5 points. "We feel like we could have won tonight.
"A couple months ago we probably would have come into this game thinking, 'Let's just try to keep it close and see if we have a shot at the end.' Now, we came into the game wanting to win. Just that mentality shows how far we've come."
The Sixers lost on a fluky play when Andre Miller grabbed a loose ball and was on his way to the winning layup when he heard a whistle and stopped, thinking he was called for traveling when in fact the Sixers had called a timeout.
Leading scorer Andre Iguodala had 19 points, including 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, but shot just 4-of-16 from the field for the Sixers
The Jazz may be without starting forward Andrei Kirilenko, who sprained his left ankle Wednesday and is day-to-day.