The NBA season continues on Friday. The Boston Celtics will hit the road and face the Utah Jazz. It’s time to continue our NBA Odds Series and make a Celtics-Jazz prediction and selection.
These two teams have had a similar start to the season. The Boston Celtics are 12-10 and have back-to-back wins. While the Utah Jazz are 14-7 and have also won their last two games. It should be an interesting game.
Here are the odds for the NBA Celtics-Jazz game on Friday night, courtesy of FanDuel.
NBA odds: Celtics-Jazz odds
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Boston Celtics: +8.5 (-114)
Utah Jazz: -8.5 (-106)
Over: 212.5 (-110)
Under: 212.5 (-110)
Why the Celtics could cover the spread
The Boston Celtics are starting to gain momentum. After running the risk of having a losing record, the Celtics managed to win their last two games. Boston was able to stick it out (literally) and beat the Philadelphia 76ers 88-87. It was a big Eastern Conference victory for the Celtics and they will look to bring that same energy into this game against a tough opponent. For Boston to win this game everyone will have to step up, but they are more than capable. The Celtics should be able to keep this one close and maybe even take the lead.
The leader of this Boston Celtics team is Jayson Tatum. Tatum is one of the best all-around players in the league, and he’s one of the main reasons the Celtics won on Wednesday. Against Philadelphia, Tatum lost 26 points and took 16 rebounds. He had nearly 30% of the Celtics’ points in that game. When Boston needs an attack, or really anything, they look to Tatum and he’s usually able to deliver. He should be able to have another big night against Utah, expect Tatum to come out and have a big impact on the outcome of this game.
Another important part of this Celtics team is Al Horford. This is Horford’s first season as Celtic and he has proven to be a worthy addition. Horford may not have put together some crazy stat lines, but he’s making a huge positive impact for Boston. He almost averages a double double, racking up over 12 points and 8 rebounds per night. Horford may be aging, but he’s shown he still has the energy and motivation to contribute to Boston. If Horford gets into this game, the Celtics could really get away.
Why Jazz Could Cover The Spread
The Utah Jazz are one of the best teams in the NBA. They have just won back-to-back dominant victories. In their last game on Monday, they beat the Blazers, winning by 22. Utah has been competitive against some of the best teams in the league and has also managed to defeat quite a few of those teams. The Jazz are all healthy and well rested, it’s the recipe for great game. If Utah can just shoot and not be sloppy, then this game should be theirs.
Donovan Mitchell is at the forefront of Utah Jazz. Mitchell has established himself as an NBA super star. In their victory over Portland, he lost 30 points in 32 minutes. Mitchell is the man from Utah. Over the season, he averaged over 23 points, 5 assists and nearly 2 steals per game. When Spida sets off, nothing stops him. Much of this game will come down to the Mitchell vs. Tatum game, and Mitchell will be looking to step up and crush the competition. Expect a big night out from the jazz star.
Rudy Gobert is another big part of this Utah Jazz team. Gobert does so much for Jazz and that’s one of the main reasons they can wrap up and win matches. Against the Blazers, the big man had 21 points and 16 rebounds. His presence in the paint is a huge deterrent to opponents trying to lead and score. Gobert has always been one of the best defensemen in the league. Over the season, he averages more than 2 blocks per game, which he has done for the past seven years! Gobert is a cornerstone of this Jazz team and should have a big impact in this game.
Celtics-Jazz final prediction and selection
It should honestly be a good game. However, one thing that hasn’t been mentioned yet is Jaylen Brown’s absence. Brown has just returned from injury, but will be out on Friday. This should have a big impact on the outcome of the game in Utah’s favor. The Jazz would likely win this game anyway, but with Brown’s absence they should be able to do it with a wide margin. Pick the Jazz to win and cover.
CELTICS-JAZZ FINAL CHOICE: Utah Jazz -8.5 (-106)
CELTICS-JAZZ FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Jazz 115 – Celtics 103