Jazz vs. Celtics NBA Predictions: Can Utah Get Back on Track?

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Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz visit Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics in what promises to be a very entertaining game on Wednesday night. Here’s a complete preview, including betting odds and free NBA picks.

Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 – 07:30 PM EDT at TD Garden

The Celtics opened at -5 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) and FiveThirtyEight have them at -5.5, giving them a 70 percent chance to win. BetOnline set the total at 220 in their NBA odds board.

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Will Boston Play Better Defense?

The Jazz (45-27 SU, 31-38-3 ATS) recently beat the Kings, Bulls, Clippers and Knicks but lost against the Bucks and Nets. Donovan Mitchell dropped 30 points on Monday's 114-106 loss in Brooklyn and he's averaging 34.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in his last three games.

Jordan Clarkson has also been phenomenal, averaging 22.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in his last four games and the Jazz really need him to keep up his production off the bench now that Bojan Bogdanovic (plus-1.8 Offensive Box Plus/Minus) is out indefinitely with a calf injury.

The Celtics (45-28 SU, 38-34-1) are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, winning nine of their last 10 games, including four straight. Jayson Tatum is seeing more double-teams but Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart have been more aggressive offensively and their elite defense has sparked them.

Boston did run into some trouble on Monday's 132-123 road win against Oklahoma City. The C's led by as many as 26 points before the Thunder closed within single digits. "They kept pushing and we got relaxed," Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said.

"They have some talented guys that got going late. Could be the end of the trip or second night of a back-to-back, whatever it may be. … It's not always going to be the prettiest game, but we did well enough to maintain what we have, but we've got to be more focused."

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Udoka will not let his team lose focus against the Jazz, which will lead to a better effort on defense. These two squads met on December 3 in Utah and the Jazz won 137-130 but Bogdanovic played and the Celtics had a very different roster and less focus on their defense.

These teams rank 1st and 9th in points allowed per game, 1st and 8th in defensive efficiency, averaging under 107 points allowed per 100 possessions and 21st and 25th in pace. The Under is 6-0 in Utah's last six road games, 8-2 in Boston's last 10 games following an ATS loss and 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings in Boston. I won't ignore these stats and trends!

Final Score: Jazz 106, Celtics 110

NBA Pick: Under 220 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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