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Jazz take on Celtics in hoops contest

Utah JazzBoston Celtics
0-4November 06, 2013, 07:30 | TD Garden0-4

The Celtics will hit the floor running against the visiting Utah Jazz on Wednesday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Celtics sit at 0-4 (2-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Jazz are currently 0-4 (1-2-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Boston is 1-3 OU, and Utah is 2-2 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Celtics in this one found them as 1-point earlier at Bovada, while the total had been sitting in the area of 185 at Bovada.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 26-rated Celtics and the No. 12-ranked Jazz, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 79-78 result in favor of the Celtics.

Utah lost its last outing, a 104-88 result against the Nets on November 5. The Jazz failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog, while the 192 combined points took the game OVER the total. Gordon Hayward scored 22 points in a failed effort to lead the Jazz to victory (they lost 104-88 to Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Tuesday).

Boston lost its last outing, a 95-88 result against the Grizzlies on November 4. The Celtics covered in that game as a 12-point underdog, while the 183 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Boston suffered a 95-88 loss against Memphis on Monday, getting 22 points from Jeff Green in a losing effort at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 29-ranked offense (87.5 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 17 at 99 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 45.45% from the field per game, more than the Jazz have managed so far this season (40.37% on average).

Next up:
Utah at Chicago, Friday, November 8th
Boston at Orlando, Friday, November 8th