At 7:00 ET, the Jazz and Celtics square off in a non-conference matchup in Boston. The Celtics come into the game with a record of 26-7, while the Jazz are 16-19. Currently, the Celtics are favored by 14 at BetOnline.
Will the Jazz Defense Show Up on the Road?
As the Jazz get ready to take on the Celtics, they are the 12th seed in the West with a record of 16-19. If they are able to pull off the upset as 14-point underdogs, they will also move their fourth-place standing in the Northwest Division.
When playing on the road, Utah has struggled this season, going just 5-14 for the season. The average scoring margin on the road is -11.7 points per game.
So far, the Jazz have been the underdog in 29 of their 35 games and have a scoring margin of -6.3 points per game in those games. Their overall ATS record as the underdog this season is 16-13, but they have five straight covers on the road.
This season, Utah’s games have averaged 233.7 points per contest, and their over/under record for the season is 19-15-1. So far, 28 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 239.5. Their over/under record in these games is 15-12-1.
When playing away from home, the Jazz offense is 26th in scoring at 109.6 points per game. Overall, they are 16th in scoring with 114.9 points per game. The Jazz have been strong on the offensive glass, grabbing 13.1 offensive rebounds per game. In terms of pace, the Jazz are 11th and have a three-point percentage of 35%.
Coming into today’s game, the Jazz’s defense is giving up an average of 118.8 points per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Jazz defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.6% while allowing 37.6% from downtown.
Do the Celtics Stand a Chance at Home?
With an overall record of 26-7, the Celtics will look to bounce back from a 127-123 loss to the Thunder. Coming into the game, they were favored by 4 points, dropping their second straight against the spread at home.
So far, the Celtics have been dominant at home, going 16-0 this season. Their average scoring margin at home is +14.1 points per game, and they have won 16 straight home games.
When looking at the over/under results for the Celtics, their games have averaged 231.6 points compared to an average over/under line of 228.7. For the season, their over/under record is 19-14, and the over has come through in each of their last two games.
Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are in 1st place with a 21-4 record against conference foes. When favored, Boston has gone 24-7 this season.
As the favorite, the Celtics will look to improve their ATS record at home, which is currently below .500 for the season at 9-16.
At home, Boston is putting up 122.9 points per game, good for 5th in the NBA. Overall, the Celtics are 5th in the league with 120.8 points per game. Over their last three games, Boston is shooting 58.2% effective field goal percentage, which is 4th in the NBA. In their last five games, the Celtics are shooting 35.2% from three, ranking 12th in the league.
So far this season, the Celtics defense has been performing well, ranking 5th in the NBA at 110.8 points allowed per contest. In their previous game, the Celtics’ defense struggled against the Thunder, giving up 127 points on a field goal percentage of 45%.
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Jazz vs. Celtics Pick
For a point-spread wager in this Celtics vs. Celtics game, we suggest taking the Jazz at +14. Even though our predictions have the Celtics winning 112-107, we see the Jazz as the better choice on the point-spread.
Pick: Take the Jazz at +14
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 239.5, and our model predicts the Jazz and Celtics to score a combined 219 points. We recommend betting on the under.
Pick: Go Under 239.5 points (-110)