Celtics vs Jazz Predictions
The weekend is finally here and NBA fans will get a Saturday filled with 8 basketball games. The last game of the night features the Celtics vs Jazz as Boston continues a Western Conference road trip. The game will take place in Utah at the Vivint Smart Home Arena with the Jazz looking to get revenge for an 115-104 defeat suffered to Boston earlier this season.
The Celtics are coming from Portland where the team beat the Blazers 120-111 on Thursday night. The Jazz are coming off of an 112-105 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks after leading the majority of the game. The Jazz are one of the best defensive teams in the league and will need a big game to slow down a heavy 3 point shooting Celtics squad.
The NBA spread for Saturday night’s game of Celtics vs Jazz favors the Jazz by 5 points, with a total of 203.5 points. Let’s take a quick look at last week’s performances before sharing Coach’s Celtics vs Jazz predictions.
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Boston Celtics Team Preview
The Boston Celtics are halfway thru a Western Conference road trip splitting the first two games. As it stands today the Celtics have a 34-19 record in sit in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. The road trip got off to a rocky start when Boston lost to the Sacramento Kings by 16 points. Not only did the Kings crush the Celtics without DeMarcus Cousins, but ended Boston’s 7 games winning streak.
Boston would bounce back against the Portland Blazers after trailing 55-49 at the half. A huge fourth quarter would give the Celtics a 120-111 win with Isaiah Thomas picking up 34 points. Boston would end the game with 30 3-pointer attempts completing only 33% of them. It was a solid team effort and 8 steals that helped Boston regroup and pick up the first win on the road trip.
Utah Jazz Team Preview
The Utah Jazz come into Saturday night with a 34-20 record sitting 4th in the Western conference. Even though the Jazz lost their last game to the Mavericks the team has been one of the best in the Western Conference. In the last 10 games, the Jazz are 7-3 while quickly gaining games in the standings. The Jazz are one of the best defensive teams in the league and will lean on home court advantage to improve their 19-9 home record.
The Utah Jazz were in complete control of the game against Dallas heading into the half leading 54-42. It was a 4th quarter breakdown that saw the Mavericks force the game into overtime with a buzzer beater. The spiral continues as Dallas beat Utah 12-5 in the extra time. A positive note to come from the game was the performance of Gordon Hayward who led the offense with 36 points and played 43 minutes. Another notable performance was a double-double from Rudy Gobert with 15 points and 15 rebounds. The Jazz need to put this one behind them and get back on track against the Celtics.
Coach’s Bet for Celtics vs Jazz
The last game slated for Saturday night has the potential to be a very interesting game with one of the best 3 point shooting teams verse one of the top defensive teams. This will be the third stop for Boston on their road trip and the team is 0-5 against the spread following a win. The Celtics have been playing great and continue to push Cleveland for the top spot in the conference.
However, the Coach is leaning towards the Utah Jazz covering the spread at home. The Jazz are a dominant home team who are motivated after dropping their last home game in overtime. The Jazz have a balanced attack and are more than capable of slowing down the pace of the game. This will be a great ball game with the Jazz pulling away in the end to cover the spread.
Coach’s Bet – Utah Jazz -5 (Place this bet now, with reduced juice!)
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