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Jazz vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics
- Where: Boston at TD Garden
- Date: Friday, March 31st
- Betting Odds BOS -13.5, UTA +603 | BOS -927 O/U OFF
The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 36-40. So far, the team has gone 41-32-3 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Jazz will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Spurs by a score of 128-117. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Utah held just a 2 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 11 point victory. Leading the team in scoring was Talen Horton-Tucker, as he contributed 41 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 53-24, while going 40-35-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Celtics are coming off a 140-99 win over the Bucks. This win came despite entering the game as the 2 point underdogs. Not only did the team win the game, but they also outscored the Bucks in every quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Jayson Tatum, as he contributed 40 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Jazz picked up the win 118-117 win over the Celtics. Heading into the game, Utah was the 5.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Jazz averaged 117.0 points per game vs the Celtics. On the other side, Boston saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Jazz, as they averaged 127.5 points per game in these matchups. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Jazz hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 1 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 235 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Utah offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 6th ranked offense at 117.2 points per game. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.6 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 100.4 possessions per contest.
So far, the Jazz have played well defensively, as they are ranked 10th in the league at 107.57 points per contest.
Personel figures to be a big issue for the Jazz in today’s game, as both Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson are listed as out on the injury report. For the year, Markkanen leads the team in scoring at 25.7 points per game, which ranks 18th in the NBA. Not having Clarkson is also a big blow to the team, as he is averaging 20.8 points per game for Utah.
Boston will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 118.3 points per game (2nd). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Celtics are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.5 per contest. 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 37.8% has help make up for fewer opportunites.
Defensively, the Celtics are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 104.48 points per contest (1st).
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 71 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 57.099999999999994 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 3.4 assists.
Jazz vs Celtics Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -13.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF