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NBA: Jazz vs Celtics Predictions

NBA basketball betting sees the Utah Jazz taking on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday March 4 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Cappers Picks provides complimentary NBA picks all season long.

Neither of these teams is going to make the playoffs but they both have interesting mixes of players.

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Utah Jazz (24-35) vs. Boston Celtics (23-35)
Wednesday March 4
TD Garden – Boston, MA
NBA Betting Lines:  Boston -1
NBA Betting Total:  193
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It won’t mean anything but this is an intriguing game.


The Jazz will be playing for the second night in a row but they have to be feeling pretty good after winning at Memphis last night by 11.

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They are definitely on their best roll of the season as they have won three in a row and 7 of 10.

They made some moves at the break that I thought were curious but it is hard to argue with the short term results. All season long this has been a surprisingly good defensive team.

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Giving more time to center Rudy Gobert gives them even more defensive heft.

The Jazz may be winning lately but they are getting next to nothing from their starting backcourt of Dante Exum and Joe Ingles.

The aforementioned Gobert has been doing his best DeAndre Jordan impression lately pulling down more than 20 boards against Memphis.

Gordon Hayward is still the leading scorer for Utah and he can put points on the board but he is better cast in a sidekick role for me.


The Celtics also played last night, getting crushed by Cleveland on the road.

They have been playing better of late though, covering 4 straight before that including almost beating the league leading Warriors the game before Cleveland.

This is a team in transition and one that is also dealing with injuries to starting frontcourt players Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger.

This team has some promise if their players develop but without those guys the depth is lacking right now.

The biggest beneficiary of the injuries is Brandon Bass, who is generally getting the C’s about 15ppg when starting. It was a surprise that the Celtics brought in Isaiah Thomas but he has been averaging 20ppg since he got to Beantown.

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I think he can be paired with Marcus Smart long term because Smart is a rare PG with some size. He just needs to keep refining his offensive game. There are some seeds.

NBA Betting Trends:

  • Jazz are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
  • Under is 5-1 in Jazz last 6 overall.
  • Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
  • Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games.
  • Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
  • Jazz are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston.
  • Jazz are 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
  • Over is 19-8-2 in the last 29 meetings.

NBA Betting Prediction:  Utah +1

Surprised that Boston got the nominal nod as the favourite in this one.

NBA Score Prediction:  Utah 97 – Boston 91

I think you can definitely make a stronger case for the Jazz here. They are playing great and Boston is shorthanded.

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