Free NBA Pick: Jazz vs Celtics Odds
Looking for Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Jazz taking on the Celtics on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at TD Garden. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Jazz Celtics matchup.
(7-8) Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics (9-6)
Date: Saturday November 17
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 208
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Saturday, November 17 finds the Utah Jazz meeting up vs. the Boston Celtics. The Jazz arrives on the second night of a back to back having lost to Jimmy Butler in his 76ers home court debut. Likewise, the Celtics are playing a back to back set having won in overtime to the Raptors on Friday.
Last season, the teams split the season series, but the Jazz took the initial meeting this season 123-115. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Jazz in 57 of their 97 matches.
The gig is up for Utah. No longer are they able to surprise teams with their prowess as opponents are well prepared for them.
Secondary and no less important is the regression of Utah’s defense which perhaps more than any other NBA squad is hurting by the range of motion rule changes this season. Ranking 19th is a far cry from the top-ranked defense of the past few seasons.
Couple the lack of offensive weapons to the struggling defense and it explains why Utah ranks 12th in the west.
To date, Utah perform best when Joe Ingles has a strong outing to pair alongside star Donovan Mitchell. On night’s he’s mediocre the Jazz struggle to score.
Raul Neto (right hamstring injury) and is likely to remain out of the lineup until the end of November.
The best defensive squad in the NBA continue to struggle to find offensive cohesion. Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens is trying to find touches for his established stars as well as his young rising talents.
Gordon Hayward, in particular, is taking more time to round into form than perhaps anticipated, but this too shall pass. When Boston figure out how to function with all four scoring talents plus Al Horford the starting lineup has the potential to be the East’s more talented unit.
For now, the issues for Boston lie in the bench features their best defenders while the starting unit features their best offensive talents.
Jabari Bird (personal matter) is unclear when he will make his season debut.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests.
- Celtics are 6-4 in last 10 head to head games.
- The over-under is 6-4 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
For the Celtics the OT win versus the Raptors could serve as the necessary fuel to kick-start a win streak. It will be interesting to see how Utah deals with the Boson whistle if similar to what Toronto dealt with Friday. And of course Boston will want to get Gordon Hayward the revenge win. Begining with Utah, the Celtics next 11 of 14 opponents have under .500 records.
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Expect a gritty defensive battle, but neither squad.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 105 – Jazz 103
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