Celtics vs. Jazz - 2/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (28-30) at Boston Celtics (35-25)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSNN
The Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics square off early Monday night at the TD Garden.
The Utah Jazz need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 98.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 97.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 20 points and 3.7 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. Rodney Hood is grabbing 3.3 rebounds and Trey Burke is dishing 2.5 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost three straight road games.
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The Boston Celtics look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 102 points and 43.8 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.5 points and 6.7 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Jared Sullinger is dishing 2.4 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 10 straight home games.
The Jazz are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Northwest. The Jazz are 0-4-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston and 2-6-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
Two of the most underatted teams in the league and two clubs that get the job done defensively. You have to give the edge to the Celtics, as they've been lights out at home. Boston and the reasonable number is the pick here.