Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 2/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+3.5)
The Boston Celtics (12-10) travel to Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Utah Jazz (19-5). Utah opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The total opens at 223.
The Boston Celtics took the court against the Phoenix Suns and took a loss by a final of 100-91 in their last game. Boston walked away from the game with a 35.5% field goal percentage (33 of 93) and converted 17 of 44 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 8 of their 12 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled 41 with 13 of them being offensive. They also dished out 19 dimes in this contest as well as having 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. Concerning defense, Boston allowed the other team to shoot 48.8% from the floor on 40 of 82 shooting. Phoenix distributed 25 assists and had 4 steals in this game. On top of that, the Suns collected 50 boards (9 offensive, 41 defensive) and got 5 blocks. Phoenix ended up going 100.0% at the free throw line by converting 12 of their 12 attempts. They also converted 8 of their 29 shots from downtown.
Jayson Tatum is someone who was a major contributor for the contest. He accounted for 23 points on 8 of 22 shooting. He played for 35:04 minutes and pulled down 4 boards. Tatum went 36.4% from the field and also totaled 7 assists. One more player that came through in this contest for the Celtics was Kemba Walker. He grabbed 4 rebounds and also had 2 assists. He finished shooting 20.0% from the field in this matchup by shooting 4-of-20 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, Walker was on the hardwood for 32:32 minutes.
Boston heads into this game with a mark of 12-10 on the year. They are losing possession via turnover 14.2 times per game and as a unit they commit 20.1 personal fouls per game. As a team, Boston is pulling in 44.0 rebounds per game and has racked up 494 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 29th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Celtics are shooting 37.8% on 3-point shots (272 of 719) and 75.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 111.0 points per game (19th in the NBA) while going 46.7% from the floor. Defensively, the Celtics are forcing 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.5 personal fouls. They currently rank 5th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 508 conceded so far this season. The Celtics defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.0% (328 of 428) and they concede 42.7 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 36.0% on shots from downtown and they are 7th in the NBA in opponents points per game (109.2).
The last time they took the court, the Utah Jazz got the victory with a final of 103-95 when they played the Indiana Pacers. The Jazz were able to snag 44 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 61 in this matchup. They stuffed 4 attempts while getting 2 steals for the game. The Pacers had 22 fouls for the game which took the Jazz to the free throw line for 21 tries. They were able to bury 14 of the free throw tries for a rate of 66.7%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Utah made 13 out of 42 attempts (31.0%). Overall, the Jazz finished the game shooting 38 out of 93 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.9%. The Jazz permitted the Pacers to make 37 of their 93 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 39.8% in this game. They went 27.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 8 of 29 and finished the game at 13 of 18 at the free throw line (72.2%). In regard to rebounds, Utah permitted Indiana to collect 45 overall (8 offensive).
Donovan Mitchell ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz for this contest. He buried 9 out of 25 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 36.0%, which had him finishing with 27 points. Mitchell snagged 9 boards in his 38:28 mins of time on the court and had 11 assists in this contest. An additional guy who came through for Utah was Bojan Bogdanović. He left the arena with 18 points in his 34:31 mins on the hardwood by going 5 of 14 shooting in this contest. Bogdanović ended up shooting 35.7% from the field while collecting 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
Utah has a mark of 19-5 so far this year. Utah has accumulated 2,742 points for the campaign (114.3 per game) and they grab 49.5 boards per game. The Jazz are committing 18.6 personal fouls every game and they go 75.9% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Jazz are connecting on 46.3% from the field, which ranks 13th in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.8 times per contest (21st in basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.6 times per game. The Jazz on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in basketball in points allowed per game with 105.7. The Utah defense surrenders 35.0% on shots from beyond the arc (265 of 758) and their opponents are making 77.1% of their foul shots. They have allowed 22.5 dimes and 42.3 rebounds every game, which ranks them 3rd and 5th in the NBA. They have forced 11.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the field (2nd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (+3.5)
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