Looking to win big? The Jazz and Celtics face off at 7:00 ET on NBCS. The Celtics are hosting the game at TD Garden in Boston, MA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 239.5 points, and the Celtics are favored to win at home against the Jazz.

UTAH JAZZ VS BOSTON CELTICS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Utah Jazz +14

This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:00 ET on Friday, January 5th.

WHY BET THE UTAH JAZZ:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 111-107 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 18 threes.

Can Utah Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

As the Jazz get ready to take on the Celtics, they are the 12th seed in the West with a record of 16-19. If they are able to pull off the upset as 14-point underdogs, they will also move their fourth-place standing in the Northwest Division.

When playing on the road, Utah has struggled this season, going just 5-14 for the season. The Jazz will need to turn things around on the road if they are going to make a move up the standings.

Utah comes into today's game with a three-game winning streak, which has also helped them cover the spread in each of their last four games as the underdog. For the season, they have an average scoring differential of -6.3 points per game as the underdog.

Their overall ATS record for the season is 20-15, but their over/under record of 19-15-1 has been impacted by the over/under line in most of their games. Today's line of 239.5 is slightly higher than their average over/under line of 231, and they have gone 15-12-1 in games with lower OU lines than 239.5.

In their last game, Utah's offense had a strong showing, scoring 154 points vs. the Pistons. Overall, they shot 51.5% from the field and were 32/35 from the free-throw line. Looking at their last three games, the Jazz have an effective field goal percentage of 56%, which is higher than their season-long EFG of 53% (24th). Over their past five games, Utah ranks 10th in three-point shooting at 34.4%.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Jazz is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 118.8 points per game (23rd). In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Jazz defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.6% while allowing 37.6% from downtown.

Can the Celtics Hold Strong at Home?

With an overall record of 26-7, the Celtics will look to bounce back from a 127-123 loss to the Thunder. Coming into the game, they were favored by 4 points, which also ended up being their ATS result.

When playing at home, Boston has been dominant all season, as they have yet to lose a game at home. On average, they have been winning at home by 14.1 points per contest. Coming into today, they have 16 straight home wins.

In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are in 1st place, and they also lead the way in the Atlantic Division. Against other teams in the East, Boston has gone 21-4 compared to 5-3 in non-conference games.

When looking at the over/under stats for the Celtics, 30 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today's line of 239.5. The average over/under line in their games this season is 228.7. For the season, their games have had an average of 231.6 points.

Against the spread, Boston is 9-6 at home and 15-16 overall. They have failed to cover the spread in each of their last two home games. For the season, they have been favored in 31 of their 33 games.

In their most recent game against the Thunder, the Celtics put up 123 points while shooting 45.7% from the field. They also made 15 three-pointers. Jayson Tatum is the team's leading scorer, averaging 27 PPG. Jaylen Brown is also contributing 22.7 PPG.

Coming into today's game, the Celtics' defense is giving up an average of 110.8 points per contest. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Celtics are forcing 12.5 per game, which is 8th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 4th in blocked shots at 6.4 per game.