Utah Jazz (39-22) at Boston Celtics (42-19)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz pay a visit to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Friday night.
The Utah Jazz have been in pretty good form lately as they’ve won seven of their past 11 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after making light work of the Knicks in a 112-104 road win on Wednesday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 23 points, Donovan Mitchell added 23 points with eight assists, Rudy Gobert scored 18 points with 14 rebounds while Mike Conley chipped in with 17 points and six assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 50 percent from the field and 10 of 36 from the 3-point line as they methodically outclassed the Knicks for three quarters to lead by as many as 21 points before easing off in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in strong form themselves as they’ve won 12 of their last 17 games and they will be looking to stay hot after escaping Cleveland with a 112-106 road win on Wednesday. Jayson Tatum was rested in the previous game but made his return to the lineup to lead the way with 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Semi Ojeleye provided the spark off the bench with 22 points on eight of 11 shooting while Marcus Smart chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 46 percent from the field and 11 of 30 from the 3-point line as they outlasted the pesky Cavaliers in a game where they never led by more than 13 points. Gordon Hayward sat out the last game with a knee injury and he has already been ruled out for Friday, Kemba Walker is still day to day, while Jaylen Brown is expected to miss at least one week with a hamstring strain.
Head to head, the under is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings in Boston, the Jazz are 2-6-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Boston and the Jazz are 5-11-2 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall.
The Jazz have been building nicely with seven wins in their last 11 games, but they will be looking for a better performance after scraping past the slumping Knicks in a close win on Wednesday. The Celtics are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they've got the depth to keep their heads above water. The Jazz are 5-11-2 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall and I think that trend continues here as the shorthanded Celtics are always tough to beat at home and I'm just not sold on the Jazz quite yet.