Two of the five best teams of each conference face off tonight, when the fifth in the West Utah Jazz (36-21), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the third in the East Boston Celtics (40-17), who on the other hand have lost only once in their last 4 games.
Date/Time: 02-26-2020, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -4.5
Utah Jazz have a 36-21 record (28-28-1 against the spread) and are sitting on the 5th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Suns with a 111-131 score, not beating the odds. Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 24.4 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Bojan Bogdanovic follows with 20.6 ppg and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Boston Celtics have a 40-17 record (35-20-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the third place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Blazers with a 118-106 score, beating the odds. Jayson Tatum leads the team in scoring with 23.1 ppg, adding 6.9 rebounds per game. Kemba Walker follows with 21.8 ppg, 4.1 rebounds and a team high 5 assists per game but he is out with an injury.
Jazz won both meetings against the Celtics last season. At home by 8 points and on the road by 12. Jazz are 20-8 at home, while the Celtics are 17-12 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 113.4 ppg to Jazz’s 111.1 and defensively, allowing 106.5 ppg to Jazz’s 107.9. Jazz have better percentages both in field goals (47.4% to 46.3%) and in 3-pointers (38.4% to 36.6%). Celtics on the other hand are better in rebounding (45.9 to 45.5), in assists made (23.1 to 22.1) and in turnovers committed (13.8 to 15.1). Bookmakers give the Jazz a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the bounce back home victory.
Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz Pick: Utah Jazz -4.5 (-113)
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