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Although They've Been Winning, the Celtics Have Not Been Covering

Two of my favorite preseason teams will meet tonight when the 34-19 Celtics head to the Mormon capital of the world to take on the 34-20 Utah Jazz. Boston has been on the right side of this series for a few years now as they’ve taken eight of the last 10 games against the Jazz.

SHARK BITES
  • The Jazz are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games at home.
  • The Celtics are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games after winning as an underdog.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Jazz' last 7 games after a loss.

By the numbers, the Jazz are the best defensive team in basketball. They may not have the most electrifying offense in the association but they smother teams with their D and score just enough to have the fifth-best point differential in the NBA.

Both teams will come into this game hot, but the Celtics are on absolute fire. They’ve won eight of their last nine games and will want to make hay tonight as they have an extremely tough road ahead of them with 10 of their last 13 games coming away from home. Although they’ve been winning, the Green Machine has not been covering, they’ve covered the spread in just one of their last six games.

That being said, the Celts have covered three straight games as the underdog and has been an excellent bet on the road, going 17-8-1 ATS away from home this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Utah Jazz installed as -5.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 203.5.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 110-99 result in favor of the Jazz today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Celtics will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 28-24-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Utah Jazz are 24-29-1 ATS. Boston is 28-24-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Utah is 27-27 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Utah vs Boston injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Utah Jazz and the No. 4-ranked Boston Celtics, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Utah's No. 20-rated NBA squad against Boston's No. 28-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Utah rates No. 12 in the league with 9.63 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 4 with 12.09 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Celtics got a 34-point performance from Isaiah Thomas as Boston handed Portland a 120-111 defeat on Thursday at Moda Center.

Gordon Hayward chucked in 36 points for Utah on Thursday, but they still came up short in losing 112-105 at American Airlines Center.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 18 of Boston's last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
  • Utah is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games
  • Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Dallas, Monday, February 13th
Utah home to Los Angeles, Monday, February 13th

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