Tip-off: 0305, 27/02/2020
Stadium: Vivint Smart Home Arena
TV: Sky Sports
Utah will aim to end a recent barren run in front of their own fans when they host Boston at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, but the Celtics may scupper those hopes.
The Jazz had a superb record at this venue this season, but they have slipped from second to fifth in the Western Conference after falling to 20-8 in Salt Lake City.
This comes after three straight home losses to West coast rivals San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns.
Boston have the third-best away record in the Eastern Conference and have won six of the last 10 games on their travels.
So, despite a 114-112 reversal at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, the visitors are great value at 31/20 for our first Jazz vs Celtics prediction.
A Look At Utah Jazz’s Betting Odds
Utah are still well in the mix for a home play-off berth at the end of the season, despite the recent slump at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The top four in the Western Conference will have home-court advantage when the play-offs start and the Jazz are just one game behind Houston in fifth.
This is partly down to the form of guard Donovan Mitchell, who has been red hot in recent contests, with some huge scoring performances, albeit in losing causes.
A lacklustre display against San Antonio saw Mitchell hit five from 14 field-goal attempts in a 12-point showing, but he hit back in style to record 31 points against play-off rivals Houston and 38 versus Phoenix.
The 23-year-old has averaged 24.4 points from 56 games he has featured in this season and 17/20 for Mitchell to hit over 2.5 three-pointers is added to our Jazz vs Celtics betting tips.
A Look At Boston Celtics’ Betting Odds
Boston go into this contest sat third in the Eastern Conference, with the hope of a home play-off well in sight.
They have won 10 of their last 12 matches – which included a seven-game winning run last month – and are 17-12 on the road this term.
Jayson Tatum has justified his NBA All-Star selection with scores of 28, 41 and 36 points in the three games since the mid-season break.
Fellow youngster Jaylen Brown has also been in hot scoring form, hitting 25, 20 and 24 points in his last three appearances, boosting his average points per game from 13.0 to 20.4.
Gordon Hayward continues to blow hot and cold for the Celtics and is unreliable in the points scoring betting, which is why we have focused on Brown for our final selection.
Tatum’s recent huge scores have heightened his attention, but Brown is more likely to sneak under the radar and 17/20 he bags over 19.5 points appeals from the Jazz vs Celtics odds.
UTAH 111-131 Phoenix
Portland 106-118 BOSTON
Head-to-head: Boston 86-98 Utah, Utah 123-115 Boston, Utah 94-97 Boston, Boston 95-107 Utah
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