Utah Jazz (13-15) at Boston Celtics (24-6)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -5.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics duke it out at the TD Garden on Friday night.
The Boston Celtics have won six of their last eight games and they will be looking to build on their 124-118 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday. Kyrie Irving led the way with 33 points and seven assists, Jaylen Brown added 26 points while Aron Baynes chipped in with 17 points on eight of 11 shooting. As a team, the Celtics shot a season-high 60 percent from the field and 11 of 25 from the three-point line as they took over in the fourth quarter to hold on for the narrow win. With the win, Boston improved to 24-6 overall and 13-2 at home. In injury news, Al Horford is listed as probable for Friday while Marcus Morris has been ruled out.
Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz will take any win they can get as they come into this game fresh off their fourth straight loss after falling to the Bulls in a 103-100 loss on Wednesday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 32 points on 15 of 26 shooting, Rodney Hood returned from a seven-game absence and added 15 points off the bench while Ricky Rubio chipped in with 14 points and four assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 46 percent from the field and nine of 30 from the three-point line but they missed their chance to force overtime when Mitchell missed on a desperate three with time expiring. With the loss, Utah fall to 13-15 overall and 2-10 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 home games, 9-2-2 ATS in their last 13 home games against a team with a losing road record and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Jazz are 2-9-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and 0-6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Boston.
The Jazz will be eager to atone for their embarrassing loss to the lowly Bulls so they’ll be up for this game, but the Celtics have continued to win games despite their injuries. With Horford back on the court, the Celtics improve on both ends of the floor and I think that’ll be the difference in what should be a close contest. Give me the Celtics to pull away late for the win and cover at home where they’ve been rock-solid all season.