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Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics Prediction, Pick – 1/3/17

National Basketball Association: UTAH vs. BOS

Utah Jazz (22-13, 10-6 away) at Boston Celtics (20-14, 8-6 home)

January 3, 2017- 7:30 PM ET (NBATV) TD Garden, Boston, MA

Winners of four straight, the Utah Jazz will make their only appearance of the year in TD Garden on Tuesday night as they will tip it off against the Boston Celtics in an interconference contest that has the following betting lines;

Best Jazz Lines: MyBookie Spread (+6) ML “See Live Odds”

Best Celtics Lines: 5Dimes Spread (-6) ML “See Live Odds”

Over/Under: BetOnline 200.5

Meeting for the first of two in the regular-season, the first-place Jazz (22-13) will seek to keep their winning ways in tact when they play the second in two nights after taking down the paltry Brooklyn Nets 101-89 thanks in large part to another solid defensive effort. Utah leads the league on the defensive end allowing a stingy 94.7 points per game. And with their efforts on Monday, it was the 14th time the Jazz have allowed an opponent under 90 points.

Utah holds a one game lead over Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division as the Thunder fell in Milwaukee on Monday.

The Jazz are lead by SF Gordon Hayward and his 22.1 points and 3.7 assists and is expected to be highly coveted next season when he becomes a potential free agent.

We’ll see how much the Jazz have left in the tank as they will face a Boston team scoring 106.1 points per game backed by PG Isaiah Thomas and his 27.7 points and 6.1 assists per game. Thomas exploded for 52 points against the Miami Heat on Friday.

On offense, Utah is averaging 98.9 points as they will go up against a Boston defense allowing 104.3 points.

The Celtics at 20-14 hold the second-spot in the Atlantic Division 3 ½ games back of Toronto as it’s safe to say Boston has established themselves as a team that will be in the thick of the race the entire way.

After going 6-4 in 10 away games in the month of December, the Celtics will now focus on taking care of business at home in January where they will benefit with 10 home games of their own. Boston is just 8-6 at home thus far but will now have a golden opportunity to make their mark at home.

Prediction/Pick

Dealing with some illnesses on the team, we’ll see who’s on the floor for Boston against the Jazz. And when it comes to facing the top seven teams in the NBA standings, the Celtics are 0-9. But as we head into this matchup, 5Dimes is putting their confidence in the Celtics as they are favoring BOS (-6) points over Utah with an over/under of 200.5 total game points scored from BetOnline.

Playing the spread, I will favor the Jazz PLUS the points (+6) to cover the spread against Boston as my betting pick.

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