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Celtics vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Saturday, March 18th
- Betting Odds UTA +6, BOS -250 | UTA +200 O/U OFF
So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 49-22, while going 36-33-2 vs the spread. The Celtics entered today’s game having picked up 2 straight wins. They have won these games by an average of 8.0 points.
In their previous game, the Celtics took down the Trail Blazers by a score of 126-112. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 6 point favorites. Boston played well enough in the second half to prevent the Trail Blazers from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 15 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jayson Tatum, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 40.0% of his shots.
So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 33-36, while going 37-29-3 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Utah is 3-0 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Jazz will be looking to bounce back from a 119-115 loss to the Heat. In terms of betting, Utah entered as 8 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Utah let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Lauri Markkanen, as he contributed 38 points while hitting 53.8% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In last season’s head-to-head matchups, the teams split the season series. In these games, each team won on their home floor. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Celtics averaged 127.5 points per game vs Utah, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Celtics saw a boost in scoring, the Jazz averaged 117.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Boston. This figure was similar to season-long average. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Celtics and Jazz have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just -1 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for Utah. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 227 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Boston offense is the 4th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.6 points per contest. So far, the Celtics are averaging 99.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key reason behind the team’s overall offensive success is their ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Despite their slow style of play, their 3-point shooting percentage of 37.5% has help make up for fewer opportunites.
Against the Jazz, the Celtics will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 1st ranked unit at 104.48 points per game.
This season, the Celtics offense has primarily worked through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 66 games, Tatum is 6th in the NBA at 30.2 points per game. So far, him and Brown have accounted for 47% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 57.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaylen Brown is grabbing 6.9 rebounds for Boston to go along with 3.3 assists.
Coming into today’s action, Utah is averaging 117.2 points per contest. This figure places them 6th in the league. So far, Utah is averaging 100.2 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 12th team in made field goals per contest.
So far, the Jazz have played well defensively, as they are ranked 10th in the league at 107.57 points per contest.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jordan Clarkson who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 20.8 points per game. At the time of this article, Clarkson is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 1st on the team in usage rate and is 145th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Utah benefit from having both of their top scorers as Lauri Markkanen leads the team and is 20th in the league in scoring (25.4). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 22nd in points allowed to power-fowards.
Celtics vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -6.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF