Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 12/3/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: NBC Sports Boston
The Utah Jazz (14-7) will play the Boston Celtics (12-10) at Vivint Arena on Friday.
The Celtics played the 76ers and took home the win by a score of 88-87 in their last contest. Boston ended the contest having earned a 41.8% FG percentage (33 out of 79) and made 11 of their 28 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Celtics buried 11 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 73.3%. In terms of hauling in boards, they earned 46 with 4 of them being offensive. They also doled out 18 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Concerning defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 37.1% from the floor on 33 out of 89 shooting. Philadelphia recorded 46 dimes and had 20 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Philadelphia snagged 38 rebounds (8 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 9 blocks. Philadelphia ended up shooting 76.5% at the free throw line by converting 13 of their 17 attempts. They also converted 8 of 31 tries from 3-point range. In relation to personal fouls, the Celtics finished with 15 while the 76ers totaled 7 personal fouls.
Jayson Tatum is one player who was important for the contest. He ended up scoring 26 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He played 37 mins played and grabbed 16 boards. Tatum finished 45.0% from the field and distributed 2 dimes.
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Boston heads into this one with a record of 12-10 so far this season. They turn the ball over 14.0 times per contest and as a unit they commit 18.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Boston is grabbing 47.2 boards per contest and is sitting with 495 assists so far this year, which is 23rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Celtics are hitting 32.8% on shots from 3-point land (261 of 796) and 81.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 106.3 pts per game (19th in basketball) while going 43.4% from the field.
On defense, the Celtics have forced 13.9 turnovers per game while drawing 19.6 fouls. They rank 7th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 471 conceded so far this year. The Celtics defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 43.2% (836 of 1,937) and they relinquish 46.4 rebounds per game as a unit. They surrender 33.1% on shots from distance and they are 8th in basketball in points per game allowed (104.6).
In their last game, the Jazz went home victorious with a score of 129-107 against the Trail Blazers. In the matter of rebounds, Utah allowed Portland to snag 30 overall (12 on the offensive glass). They finished 35.5% from three-point range by hitting 11 of 31 and ended up going 12 out of 17 at the free throw line (70.6%). The Jazz allowed the Trail Blazers to bury 42 of their 91 attempts from the field which left them shooting 46.2% in the game. Overall, the Jazz went 47 out of 89 from the floor which had them at 52.8%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, Utah converted 19 out of their 46 tries (41.3%). They were able to knock down 16 of those for a clip of 69.6%. The Trail Blazers were called for 8 personal fouls in the game which took the Jazz to the charity stripe for a total of 23 tries. They turned the ball over 5 times, while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Jazz were able to collect 35 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 43 in this game.
Donovan Mitchell ended up being important for the Jazz for the game. Mitchell racked up 30 points in his 32 minutes on the court and earned 5 dimes in this contest. He buried 12 out of 20 for the contest for a field goal rate of 60.0%, and added 2 rebounds.
Utah has a win-loss mark of 14-7 this year. As an offense, the Jazz are connecting on 47.3% from the field, which has them ranked 3rd in the league. Utah has totaled 2,375 pts for the campaign (113.1 per game) and they pull down 46.5 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 22.0 times per contest (25th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.8 times per contest. The Jazz commit 19.1 personal fouls every game and they go 77.7% from the charity stripe.
The Utah defense allows 32.3% on three-point shots (219 of 678) and their opponents are making 75.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 21.2 dimes and 41.7 boards every game, which has them ranked 1st and 3rd in basketball. The Jazz on defense are ranked 3rd in the league in points allowed per game with 103.4. They are forcing 12.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.7% from the floor (7th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston
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