The Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz meet at Vivint Arena for a Friday night matchup in Salt Lake City. The Celtics are looking to stay hot following back-to-back wins against the Toronto Raptors, 109-97, and Philadelphia 76ers, 88-87. It wasn’t the most prolific scoring game against the 76ers, but it was entertaining.
Neither the Celtics or 76ers were able to pull away in that one. Every time you looked at the scoreboard, somebody had a one-point lead. That is how the game would end, with the Celtics edging out the 76ers at home by a point. The 76ers had the ball last, but couldn’t draw up the right play to score.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 2, 2021
Credit the Celtics for playing good defense on the final play of the game. They were also involved defensively in their win over the Raptors. That’s how the Celtics are going to have to win games, because they don’t have the firepower on offense to get up into track meets too often.
They need to rely on their defense to stay competitive. As much as Marcus Smart wants the ball on the offensive floor, he’s far more valuable as a defender. And that’s the identity that the Celtics want to create. They will be without a key competent of their team tonight.
Jaylen Brown has been ruled OUT on Friday night. He could be gone for longer as well. Brown is dealing with a hamstring injury. He played in the win against the 76ers, scoring 9 points and 4 rebounds. His impact was felt more on the defensive floor. Without Brown, I doubt they beat the Sixers by a point in that spot.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 30, 2021
The Jazz are coming off back-to-back wins against the Pelicans, 127-105, and Trail Blazers, 129-107. They needed a good bounce back after dropping a 98-97 game to the New Orleans Pelicans on November 26.
That’s just poor effort. Utah has superior talent, and teams like that tend to lose versus inferior foes when the effort isn’t there. We’ll see if the Jazz can stay hot tonight. Head below for our free Celtics vs. Jazz pick on December 3, 2021.
Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Boston Celtics||+8 (-110)||+280||Over 210 (-107)|
|Utah Jazz||-8 (-110)||-350||Under 210 (-113)|
|Team Data||Boston Celtics||Utah Jazz|
|Points Per Game||106.3||113.1|
|Points Against Per Game||104.6||103.6|
|Field Goal %||43.4||47.3|
|Three Point %||32.8||35.7|
Celtics vs. Jazz Prediction:
The loss of Jaylen Brown is a blow to a Celtics team that is pretty good when they’re healthy. They aren’t in the top-tier of teams in the NBA, but can certainly compete and pull off some upsets when they have a healthy lineup.
We’ve seen before this season how mediocre they are when they aren’t, though. Without Jaylen Brown on the floor, they are missing a guard on the floor who is scoring 21.4 points per game and a 46.3% field goal percentage.
The Celtics can’t afford to miss a contributor like Brown. As a team, they are 19th in the NBA with 106.3 points per game, and a 43.4% field goal percentage. They have struggled from three, with a 32.8% three-point percentage. The Jazz got their offense together in their last two outings.
If the Jazz are playing like that again tonight, then the Celtics likely can’t keep pace in Utah. Utah scored 127 versus the Pelicans and then 129 points most recently versus the Trail Blazers. I like the Boston defense, but Brown being removed from the lineup is concerning.
Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz Betting Trends:
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games after a win
- 3-8 ATS in their previous 11 games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
- 6-2 ATS in their previous eight games on the road
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games after failing to cover the spread
- UNDER is 7-0-1 in their previous eight games on the road
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games after scoring more than 125 points
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games versus the Celtics
- 7-3 ATS in their previous ten games versus the Atlantic Division
- OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games
- OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games after covering the spread
The Jazz enter Friday night with 113.1 points scored per game for third in the NBA. They still have their defensive touch from last year as well, with 103.4 points allowed per game.
Teams have struggled on the perimeter against the Jazz in particular. Opponents are shooting just 32.3% from three land versus the Jazz this season.
I don’t know if it’s the best formula going into Utah without their best guard. Not against this Jazz team that makes it tough on offenses from outside the paint.
If Brown was suiting up tonight, I’d be inclined to take the points in this matchup. However, with his absence, the Jazz likely pull away in the second-half.
I’m backing the Jazz to clear the Celtics to win by double digits at home this evening. They seem to have rediscovered their scoring touch.