Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 3/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-4.5)
TD Garden is the venue where and the Boston Celtics (20-18) will take on the Utah Jazz (28-10) on Tuesday. Utah opens this contest as 4.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 226.
The Utah Jazz took the court against the Golden State Warriors and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 131-119 in their last contest. Utah walked away from the game having earned a 44.1% field goal percentage (41 out of 93) and buried 15 out of their 44 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Jazz knocked down 22 of 29 tries for a rate of 75.9%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they collected 51 with 18 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 24 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing 13 turnovers and having 6 steals. Concerning defense, Utah allowed their opponent to shoot 56.2% from the floor on 50 out of 89 shooting. Golden State dished out 33 dimes and had 12 steals for the game. Moreover, Golden State pulled down 40 boards (5 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Golden State ended up going 83.3% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of 18 shots. They also converted 16 of their 31 tries from beyond the arc.
Donovan Mitchell is a player who was a contributor in the game. He was able to score 24 points on 7 of 18 shooting. He played 35:39 mins but didn't pull down any boards. Mitchell finished 38.9% from the field and also totaled 4 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the game for the Jazz was Rudy Gobert. He collected 28 rebounds in his 32:28 minutes on the hardwood. He shot 80.0% from the field for the matchup by hitting 8-of-10 (24 points). In all, Gobert tallied 1 assist.
Utah comes into this contest with a record of 28-10 so far this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.3 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.8 fouls per game. As a team, Utah is snagging 48.1 boards per game and has accounted for 907 assists this season, which has them ranked 21st in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Jazz are connecting on 39.6% on shots from downtown (644 of 1,626) and 78.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 116.6 pts per game (3rd in the NBA) while hitting 46.7% from the field. On the defensive end, the Jazz have forced 11.7 turnovers every game while drawing 19.6 fouls. The Jazz are allowing a FG percentage of 44.9% (443 of 743) and they concede 42.6 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 2nd in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 842 surrendered on the year. They are giving up 35.3% on 3-point shots while they are 5th in the league in PPG allowed (108.2).
When they last played, the Boston Celtics went home victorious with a score of 134-107 against the Houston Rockets. The Celtics collected 45 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 55 in this matchup. They turned it over 14 times, while getting 8 steals for the game. The Rockets earned 19 fouls for the game which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about three-point shots, Boston knocked down 18 out of their 37 tries (48.6%). Overall, the Celtics finished the game shooting 51 out of 92 from the floor which gave them a rate of 55.4%. The Celtics permitted the Rockets to make 35 out of 91 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 38.5% in this contest. They shot 32.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 16 of 50 and walked away from this one shooting 21 of 31 at the charity stripe (67.7%). With respect to rebounds, Boston permitted Houston to snag 37 overall (10 offensive).
Jaylen Brown pitched in for the Celtics in this matchup. He knocked down 9 of 14 in the game for a field goal percentage of 64.3%, and accounted for 2 rebounds. Brown totaled 24 points in his 26:45 minutes on the hardwood, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Boston was Jayson Tatum. He walked away with 6 dimes in 28:22 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 9 of 17 from the floor. Tatum walked away from this one going 52.9% from the field while collecting 23 points and 6 boards.
Boston has a record of 20-18 this season. As an offense, the Celtics are connecting on 46.9% from the floor, which ranks them 12th in basketball. Boston has totaled 4,264 pts this season (112.2 per game) and they grab 44.0 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 22.5 times per contest (27th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per contest. The Celtics commit 20.8 fouls per contest and they go 75.8% from the free throw line. The Celtics on the defensive side of the court are 10th in the league in points allowed per game with 111.0. They are able to force 14.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.6% from the field (14th in the league). The Boston defense concedes 36.4% on 3-point attempts (476 of 1,309) and their opponents are knocking down 79.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 23.5 assists and 41.7 total rebounds per game, which is 6th and 4th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah (-4.5)
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