Donovan ‘Spyda’ Mitchell and the Utah Jazz will look to pull off the big upset while extending their winning ways when they hit the road to take on Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics in an intriguing matchup of two of the top title contenders in each conference. With both ballclubs looking to pick up the pace as we head down the stretch run of the regular season, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NBA Odds for the Jazz vs Celtics Game.
Jazz vs Celtics 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET
- Where: TD Garden
- TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, NBCS Boston, SN1
- NBA Odds: Boston -2 / Total: 220.5
Why Utah is a good pick at +2
The Jazz have won three straight including a 112-104 win over New York on Wednesday night. The Jazz got 23 points from Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic to lead the way to victory, although Utah’s last three wins have come against teams with a combined record of 58-127. However, the Jazz will have a tough road ahead with games against the C’s, Toronto, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers (twice), over their next eight games.
“No disrespect to teams we’ve been playing but these are games where we should come out on top,” guard Donovan Mitchell told reporters in New York. “We have a test coming up against Boston where we’ve got to keep the same energy. We’ve got to go out and continue to play the same way against tougher teams.”
The Jazz have gone 18-13 on the road this season.
- Points/G: 111.5
- Field Goal %: 47.6
- 3-Point %: 38.5
- Free Throw %: 77.3
- Rebounds/G: 45.4
- Points/G: 108.2
- Field Goal %: 45.3
- 3-Point %: 35.3
- Free Throw %: 76.8
- Rebounds/G: 42.5
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
- Jazz are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
- Jazz are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up win.
- Jazz are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Jazz are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Why Boston is a good pick at -2
The Celtics snapped a two-game slide by beating Cleveland 112-106 on Tuesday as Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 32 points one game after sitting out of a129-120 overtime loss to Brooklyn that saw the Celtics blow a 21-point lead in the second half.
“We could have made excuses because a lot of our guys aren’t here, but we don’t do that,” Tatum told reporters Wednesday. “I just tried to do my part. It was good to be out there.”
Tatum has put 32 points or more on the board in five straight, including a 33-point outing in Boston’s 114-103 win at Utah on Feb. 26. Gordon Hayward sat out the last game with a knee injury and has already been ruled out for Friday. Veteran point guard Kemba Walker is still day to day and blossoming swingman Jaylen Brown is expected to be out at least a week with a hamstring strain. The Celtics have gone 23-7 at home this season.
- Points/G: 113.4
- Field Goal %: 46.2
- 3-Point %: 36.4
- Free Throw %: 80.0
- Rebounds/G: 46.0
- Points/G: 106.9
- Field Goal %: 44.1
- 3-Point %: 34.0
- Free Throw %: 76.0
- Rebounds/G: 44.5
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
- Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Celtics are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Celtics are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Jazz vs Celtics Expert Analysis and Prediction
While Boston has struggled in going 3-3 over their last six games, I believe the Celtics are going to show up in a big way to take care of business against the Jazz in this affair. I know Boston will likely be without three of their starters for this matchup, but the Celtics have been very difficult to beat at home and Utah had dropped four straight prior to their current winning streak.
The Jazz are 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 road games against Boston and 5-11-2 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall. With Utah going 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and Boston going 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and a bankroll-boosting 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning straight up record, I say the C’s get it done by the narrowest of margins to cover the manageable 2-point spread!
Pick: Boston 111 Utah 106