Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game. East meets West in tonight’s clash in Salt Lake City as the Boston Celtics take on the Utah Jazz. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Led by Jayson Tatum who had 26 points and 16 rebounds, the Boston Celtics edged out the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday for what was their 12th win of the season. Now though they face a much tougher challenge in one of the best home teams we’ve had in the NBA for the past couple of years. The Celtics have struggled vs Utah for a while now winning only 1 of their last 6 meetings and going just 1-5 ATS in those games. Prior to tonight’s game they received some bad news on the injury front as Jaylen Brown has been ruled out for tonight’s game. He will take the night off due to fatigue as he just recently came back from a hamstring injury. The Celtics have connected 3 wins in a row on just 1 occasion this season, tonight they have a chance to do it again.
Utah has been on a solid run winning 3 of their last 4 games, at home they are 8-4 for the season so far while covering the spread 7 times in 12 games. A big reason for those numbers has been the play of Donovan Mitchell is coming off another stellar performance with 30 points and 5 assists against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Jazz shot 52% from the field and drained 19 threes in the process to win 129-107. Rudy Gobert also had a huge night with 21 points and 16 rebounds, he could be the x-factor in tonight’s game against the Celtics. Utah has the 3rd best offensive numbers in the NBA this season, they also rank 3rd in field goal percentage efficiency and in opponent points per game. All encouraging numbers if you are a Jazz fan heading into December.
Boston barely beat Philadelphia the other night with Joel Embiid struggling heavily and tonight they go up against one of the toughest defenses in the league without their 2nd best player. Celtics are 1-5 in the underdog role this season, I fancy the Jazz to get the job done here.
Utah Jazz – Boston Celtics Predictions & Odds
Utah -8.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
The Jazz are holding teams to just 103.3 points in their last 3 games, which is even better than the 103.8 per game they are allowing at home this season. Boston could barely get up 88 points vs Philadelphia two days ago, they’ve scored the lowest amount of points of any team in the NBA over their last 3 games. In away games this season they are averaging 105.6 per game, but that number will surely take a hit with their 20 point per game scorer Brown not playing here. These two teams have averaged 211.6 points per game in their last 10 meetings, with 2 of their 3 most recent games finishing under the total. For Boston the under has also landed in their last 5 games on the road which is no wonder considering they play only the 24th fastest pace in the NBA this season. Utah also likes to slow things down, they rank 21st in pace of play. All in all this should be a lower scoring game, so let’s back the under.
Under 213.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365