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Utah at Boston Betting Preview

by Timothy KimMarch 16, 2021

Utah at Boston Betting Preview: The last time these two teams met on February 9th in the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Utah, the Utah Jazz were able to take advantage of Kemba Walker, who was off his game. Walker only had 7 points and shot 2-12 from the field. First-time All-Star Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 33 points and eight rebounds.

On the other hand, the Utah Jazz looked unstoppable in the third quarter, piling on 42 points in that quarter. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 36 points and nine assists. Joe Ingles had a season-high in points 24 points, to go along with six assists. Rudy Gobert chipped in the 122-108 victory with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The Jazz have been proving why they are a strong title contender, but the critics are still undervaluing their title as they currently have the fifth-best odds to win the NBA championship behind the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Jazz had three All-Stars represented in Atlanta, including Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Mike Conley, who got the nod after Devin Booker couldn’t play due to an injury. Their coach Quin Snyder also represented the West All-Stars.

The first place Jazz (28-10) will certainly be active at the trade deadline as they look to strengthen their bench, while the fifth-place Boston Celtics (20-18) are hanging onto fifth- place by a very small margin. They will certainly look for help at the trade deadline as they look to be more consistent during their playoff push.

BOSTON CELTICS PLAYOFF PUSH

After losing three games in a row, the Celtics have won five of their last six games heading into mid-March. In their last game against the Houston Rockets, the Celtics were able to take advantage of the Rockets, who played without John Wall and several others who were out due to injury.

Jaylen Brown led the way with 24 points, and Jayson Tatum added 23 points, who handed the Rockets their 16th straight loss.

The Celtics average 112.2 PPG while giving up 111.0 PPG to the opposition.

Jayson Tatum is currently averaging 25.1 PPG and 7.0 RPG while shooting a 37.5 percent clip from the three-point line. Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.3 PPG and is shooting 38.4 percent from behind the arc. The Celtics have two other players who are averaging double digits in points which include Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart.

CAN THE JAZZ WIN THE CONFERENCE

Last game against the Golden State Warriors, the Jazz came out on the losing end due to a great performance by Draymond Green, who notched his 26th career triple-double.

On the other hand, Rudy Gobert had 24 points and a career-high 28 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell added 24 points, Mike Conley had 23 points, and Jordan Clarkson had 21 points. The Jazz became the last team in the league to reach double-digit losses.

The Utah Jazz score 116.6 PPG while giving up 108.2 PPG to their opponents.

Donovan Mitchell leads the team with 24.8 PPG to go along with 5.4 APG. Mike Conley is third on the team in terms of scoring, averaging 16.4 PPG with 5.6 APG. Their third All-Star, Rudy Gobert, is averaging 14.4 PPG while pulling down 13.5 RPG and averaging 2.8 blocks per game, which makes him a strong candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

This team has a great supporting cast as three other players also average double-digits in points which include Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Joe Ingles.

BETTING TRENDS

  • The Jazz are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games overall
  • The Celtics are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following a win
  • The over is 5-0-1 in the Jazz’s last 6 road games
  • The over is 5-1 in the Celtics’ last 6 home games
  • The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Boston Celtics have been dealing with injuries and are much healthier. The Utah Jazz have been giving up more points as of late, and the Celtics will prove why they can play against the best teams in the NBA at a high level. Take the Celtics +5 in this matchup.

 

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About The Author
Timothy Kim
I am a student at the University of Miami. I am currently majoring in sports management and minoring in entrepreneurship. My hobbies are watching sports especially NCAAB, NBA, MLB, and the UFC. I also enjoy investing in the stock and crypto currency market. I hope to pursue a masters in the future in Finance or a degree in law to have the chance to work with athletes in the future.