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Jazz vs. Celtics NBA Betting

A busy Friday night of NBA betting includes some intriguing cross-conference matchups. One of those sends the Utah Jazz to battle the Boston Celtics, who will be favored at home in the NBA odds at the sportsbooks.

The Boston Celtics are 20-3 at home this season and lead the NBA in scoring defense. They also carry a four-game winning streak into Friday’s game. However, the Celtics’ NBA odds often get overvalued and they struggle to cover the spread. They’re 19-20-2 ATS on the year and have beaten just two of their past nine spreads.

The Utah Jazz haven’t been too successful in NBA betting circles lately, either. They’re riding two straight surprising losses to Washington and New Jersey; they’re 2-8 ATS over their last 10 games. The Celtics therefore look like they’ll draw plenty of action as the safer pick.

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Sure, there’s San Antonio/New Orleans and New York/Oklahoma City on Saturday night, but most NBA betting fans will admit that their money at Sportsbook.ag, Bovada and other books is on the Los Angeles Clippers game instead.

No one can get enough of Blake Griffin. The Rookie of the Year to be had a streak of 27 straight double-doubles snapped earlier this week. Through Wednesday, his Los Angeles Clippers have won six of their last seven games and covered the spread in all six of those victories. Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin are combining for more than 46 points per game this season.

Standing in the Clippers’ way will be the high-flying, high-scoring Golden State Warriors. The Warriors had three straight wins entering Thursday’s play and were 7-3 ATS over their last 10 games. They’re 22-18-1 ATS over this season and, led by Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, are the NBA’s best three-point shooting team.

They beat the Clippers 122-112 at home last week. But the Clippers won their last meeting at Staples Center and will be hard to beat at home on Saturday.

In Sunday’s only game, the Denver Nuggets will try to shut out Carmelo Anthony trade rumors as they host the Indiana Pacers. Even though Melo has been hot and cold of late, his Nuggets have been just fine overall. Through Wednesday’s play, they had won four of five and gone 4-1 ATS over that hot streak.

Entering Thursday’s games, the Pacers were in a funk, losing six of eight. Their western swing hasn’t gone well so far; it started with losses against the Clippers (thanks to 47 points by Griffin) and the Warriors. The Pacers visit Portland and Denver on back-to-back nights over the weekend.

The smart money in NBA betting at books like Bovada and Bovada will likely be on Denver, as the Pacers should be weary by the time they battle the Nuggets on Sunday.