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Beleaguered Celtics Will Lean on Red-Hot Thomas vs Jazz

Isaiah Thomas notched a career-high 52 points, including a franchise-record 29 in the fourth quarter, in Boston’s 117-114 win over Miami on Friday, and the Celtics will once again rely heavily on the diminutive point guard vs the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. Oddsmakers initially set the Celts as 6-point home faves with a total of 201.

Shark Bites
  • The Jazz are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games on the road against the Celtics.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Celtics' last seven games.
  • The Jazz are 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as underdog.

Boston is battling an abundance of injuries right now, as Avery Bradley (illness), Marcus Smart (stomach bug) and Tyler Zeller (sinus infection) all made stops in hospitals over the weekend.

The Celtics will need them to get healthy sooner rather than later if they want to keep up their high-scoring ways, as the squad has produced at least 109 points in seven straight games. Thomas is averaging 33.9 points per game over that span.

The Jazz have won four in a row and opened a five-game road trip with a 101-89 triumph in Brooklyn on Monday. Gordon Hayward and company have held opponents to an average of 89.5 points during the streak.

The Jazz have been an awful straight-up play in Beantown in recent years. In Utah's last eight games in Boston, the Jazz are 0-8 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Boston Celtics opened as -6-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 201 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 106-102 result in favor of the Celtics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Utah Jazz have seen them go 22-13 and 18-16-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Boston Celtics are at 20-14 and 19-14-1 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Celtics are 16-18, while the Utah Jazz are 17-18. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Utah injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 7-rated Boston Celtics and the No. 6-rated Jazz in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 29-rated NBA squad against Utah's No. 24-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 4 in the league with 11.24 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 with 9.66 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Utah earned a 101-89 victory over Brooklyn on Monday, getting 30 points from Gordon Hayward at Barclays Center.

Miami was victimized by Isaiah Thomas for 52 points as the Celtics defeated the Heat 117-114 in NBA action on Friday.

Betting Trends
  • Utah is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Utah's last 8 games
  • Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Boston is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Boston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
  • Boston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Utah at Toronto, Thursday, January 5th
Boston home to Philadelphia, Friday, January 6th

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