Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics look to continue their dominance over the Utah Jazz on Monday night from Salt Lake City. The Jazz are -6.5 point favorites over the Celtics with an over/under point total set at 191.5.
Head to head, the Celtics are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the home team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Celtics on the other hand are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall, but just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games.
Either the Boston Celtics are starting to find life hard with Rajon Rondo or they just continue to lose away from home. After winning their first seven games since Rondo went down with an ACL injury, the Celtics have dropped four of six after falling in Portland last night 92-86. It has to be made mentioned that four of those losses came away from home, where Boston is just 8-19 on the season, which is the worst mark of all current playoff teams in the Eastern Conference.
Given their struggles on the road, tonight’s showdown with the Jazz might be a tough one considering Utah has once again continued their dominance at home, winning 21 of 27 this season and 12 of their last 14. The Jazz have looked particularly strong in their last two in Salt Lake City, defeating the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder by an average of 14.5 points.
I don’t think the Celtics struggle in the second of a back-to-back as much as they used too, but they are up against it tonight. Utah continues to be one of the hardest places to play in the entire league and not only will be Boston playing two games in two nights, this will be there fifth game in seven nights.
Utah Jazz -6.5 Boston Celtics