NBA Prediction: Celtics vs. Jazz
The Celtics are 5.5-poing road underdogs to the red-hot Jazz in Utah tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET as part of TNT’s NBA double header. With the total also sitting at 220.5, what’s the best play for this marquee matchup?
511 Boston Celtics (+5.5) at 512 Utah Jazz (-5.5); o/u 220.5
10:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Boston Celtics DFS Spin
Jayson Tatum was a lone bright spot for Boston during Sunday's 100-91 loss to Phoenix, tallying 23 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three triples and one steal across 35 turnover-less minutes. Tatum had a tough time with Phoenix’s defense today, finishing 8-of-22 from the field, and the Suns did a really nice job of taking him out of the game down the stretch with double teams — which resulted in him being held to just three points on 1-of-4 shooting through the final frame of action. For Boston to be successful, Tatum will have to do a better job of asserting himself late in games, regardless of the defensive schemes other teams are throwing at him.
Utah Jazz DFS Spin
Donovan Mitchell fell one rebound shy of a triple-double on Sunday, scoring 27 points with a career-high-tying 11 assists and nine rebounds in 38 minutes. The Jazz look unstoppable with 15 wins in their past 16 games. Mitchell has been their engine during the streak, and they won a tough road game in Indiana tonight despite the absence of Mike Conley (hamstring tightness). The only things preventing Spida from reaching the upper echelons of fantasy value are high turnovers (3.0 per game), damaging field goal percentages (43.6%) and low defensive stats (0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks). All of those were in effect today with five turnovers, 9-of-25 shooting and one steal, though most fantasy managers will be satisfied as long as he's healthy and hovering around 22/4/4 averages.
Celtics vs. Jazz Betting Prediction
The Jazz are too hot to pass up on at the betting window right now. They’re 8-1 against the spread in their last nine home games, are 7-1 against the number in their last eight games as a home favorite and have covered in 16 of their last 21 games overall. They’re also 35-15-1 against the number in their last 51 games coming off a win, are 14-3 against the spread in their last 17 games following an ATS win and are 13-3 ATs in their last 16 games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in its previous game.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: UTAH JAZZ -5.5