The Boston Celtics and the Utah Jazz meet for the second time this season, as each title contender looks to add a quality win to their resumes. Which team will get a win in Beantown this Wednesday?
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HOME TEAM: Boston Celtics (20-18, 12-5 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Kemba Walker
- SG: Jaylen Brown
- SF: Jayson Tatum
- PF: Tristan Thompson
- C: Daniel Theis
Boston recovered from a recent loss to the Brooklyn Nets by defeating the going-nowhere Houston Rockets on Monday, 134-107. With that, the Celtics are now 5-1 over their last six games. Boston is seeking to avenge its 122-108 road loss to the Jazz back in February, and this time, the Celtics will have the services of guard Marcus Smart, who has returned to action after a long absence due to injury.
Smart is still on a minute restriction, but the former Oklahoma State Cowboys star always finds a way to impact the game, even in limited time. Boston, which shot 55.4 FG% and went 18 of 37 from deep in the win over Houston, has covered the spread in all of its last six games at home against teams with a record .500 or better.
The pair of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will have their hands full defending against Utah’s shooters while carrying the bulk of the Celtics’ offense that is averaging 112.2 points per game. Tatum leads the team with 25.1 points per game. Brown, on the other hand, is generating 24.3 points per outing.
ROAD TEAM: Utah Jazz (28-10, 12-8 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Mike Conley
- SG: Donovan Mitchell
- SF: Bojan Bogdanovic
- PF: Royce O’Neale
- C: Rudy Gobert
The Jazz lost to the Golden State Warriors last Monday, 131-119, but most people would probably remember that game for the monstrous effort by Rudy Gobert, who had 24 points and 28 rebounds to go with four blocks.
Playing like he’s always got something to prove to Shaq, Gobert will certainly someone to watch out for in the rematch against Boston. Gobert had 18 points and 12 rebounds with three blocks while shooting 8 of 9 from the field in the win versus the Celtics, and he should be able to provide the same performance this Wednesday. Gobert’s presence is also giving the Jazz’ shooters so much confidence in pulling the trigger from behind the arc.
The Jazz are leading the NBA with 16.9 3-pointers per game on 39.6 3FG% and are also fourth overall with a 25.3 offensive rebound percentage. Utah’s outside shooting was too much for Boston in the first meeting, as the Jazz hit 18 threes on 48 attempts.
Spread: The Jazz have been a very profitable team this season for ATS bettors, and this is no time to quit on them. Utah gets the win and covers the 4.5-point spread as a favorite vs. Boston.
Over/Under: Both these two teams prefer setting the offense on half-court sets and don’t enjoy a lot of possessions per 40 minutes, relatively speaking. We’re expecting this game to go under 227.5.
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