Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics Spread and Prediction

Two defensive powerhouses of the league this season face off today, when the leaders of the Eastern Conference Boston Celtics (24-6), who are trying to find their rhythm again, are hosting the struggling Utah Jazz (13-15), who have Rudy Gobert back in the lineup but cannot return to the winning ways.

Date/Time:  12-15-2017, 19:30 EDT

Spread: Boston Celtics -5

Total: +198.5

Celtics have a 24-6 record (20-8-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the East. In their last game they won at home against Denver with a 124-118 score. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 24 ppg, adding 4.9 assists per game. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 15 ppg and 5.8 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 14 ppg and team high both in rebounding with 8 and in assists made, with 5.3 per game.

Jazz have a 13-15 record (15-13-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the West. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Chicago with a 100-103 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by the rookie Donovan Mitchell with 17.8 ppg. He is followed by Rodney Hood with 17.6 ppg, while Derrick Favors adds 12.3 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Boston won both games against Utah last season (by 11 points at home and by 8 on the road). Celtics are 13-2 at home so far this season, while Jazz are 2-10 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 103.9 ppg to Jazz’s 103 and defensively, allowing a second-best 98 ppg to Jazz’s fourth-best of 100. Jazz on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 45.4% to Celtics’ 45.1% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 38.3% to Celtics’ 36.6%. Celtics are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.8 to Jazz’s 40.3 in assists made, with 22.4 to Jazz’s 21.9 and in turnovers committed (14.3 to 15). Celtics are the absolute favorite against a struggling team that is extremely weak on the road. Vegas odds give Celtics a -5 spread and expect them to beat those odds easily today.

Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -5 (-112)

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