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(34-19) Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz (34-20)
Date: Saturday February 11
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 203.5
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The Boston Celtics came away on top in their last matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, with the final score 120-111 for Boston, while out in the West the Utah Jazz weren’t able to pull out the win over the Dallas Mavericks (final score 112-105).
After allowing the Portland Trail Blazers to take the lead throughout most of the game, Boston decided to kick it up a notch when the game counted most. In just the final quarter alone Boston outscored Portland 43-35.
That alone was a key catalyst for why Portland fell short, because once the final quarter started they allowed Isaiah Thomas to start going off. The 5’9 Celtic guard was just scoring in a variety of ways on both Lillard and McCollum.
And neither both of them were able to contain him, and because of that he just continued balling out. In the end, he’d finish the night with 34 points on 11-26 shooting from the field (42.3% FG).
However, next game he needs to be ready to do that again going up against Utah. The Jazz have one of the stingiest defenses in the league, and with that the team refuses to allow easy buckets.
So if Boston hopes to beat them they’re going to need I.T. to do what he does best and that’s score when it counts most. If he can do just that, they’ll be able to pull out the upset.
The Utah Jazz actually had quiet a few chances to keep Dallas out of this game. However, a turnover in the final seconds allowed Dallas to get one last final look before the buzzer sounded.
Harrison Barnes had the ball and a make a clutch basket that took the Mavs into overtime, and from there they just took off. They outscored Utah 12-5 in overtime, and that was the difference between winning and losing.
Utah just didn’t look to be fully engaged in the extra time, and Dallas took advantage of that once they got the opportunity. But next game they can’t allow that to happen again.
I mean the team was up by four with just under a minute left in the game, so how do you possibly let that lead slip away at such a crucial point an time? Yet that’s just what they did, now next game they need to fix that.
Utah can’t expect to beat Boston by playing the same way in the final frame, especially since they have the leading fourth quarter scorer on their team in Isaiah Thomas.
That means Utah has got to do a better job containing their lead, if they can do just that they’ll beat Boston, otherwise it’s going to be another long night for them.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Home team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
- Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
With the injury to Avery Bradley, I’ll take Utah to come out on top in this matchup. The team has one of the better defensive units in the league; so don’t be surprised if Boston continues having trouble scoring on them all night.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 108 – Boston 106
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