Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz 3/31/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz 3/31/23
Fri 31st March 2023

The Utah Jazz (36-40, 14-24 Away) will try to slow down one of the NBA’s top scoring teams when they travel to face the Boston Celtics (53-24, 28-9 Home) on Friday.

Utah topped the San Antonio Spurs 128-117 at AT&T Center on Wednesday. Talen Horton-Tucker led the way with 41 points. The Jazz are 12th in the Western Conference.

Boston is playing the second of a back-to-back after winning in dominant fashion yesterday at Fiserv Forum, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 140-99. Jayson Tatum had 40 points and eight rebounds to lead the team.

The Celtics are 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference, currently sitting in second. This is the last meeting of the season between the teams. After taking the only prior season meeting against Boston 118-117 at Vivint Arena on March 18, Utah will be pursuing a season sweep.

Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Jaylen Brown had 25 points and six assists in defeat. Markkanen is averaging 25.7 points per game to lead the Jazz in scoring this season. Markkanen also has grabbed 8.6 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Jordan Clarkson is dishing 4.4 assists.

Tatum and Brown have powered the Celts on offense, averaging 30.2 and 26.9 points per game, respectively. Tatum ranks sixth in the league in scoring, while Brown is ninth. Tatum also has posted 8.9 rebounds per game. Marcus Smart has distributed 6.4 assists per game.

The Celtics are averaging 118.3 points per game, ranking as one of the most explosive offenses in the NBA (2nd). The Celtics have had success in the Jazz’s last 10 trips to TD Garden, winning six. Boston has won three straight at home this season.

Meanwhile, the Celtics are 8-3 when playing on consecutive nights this season and 5-3 with a rest disadvantage. The Jazz are 4-5 with a rest advantage.

In the last 10 games, Utah is 5-5 with an average margin of -3.1 (118.6-121.7). Boston has gone 7-3 over the last 10, scoring 123.0 points per game on average while holding opponents to 109.4 (+13.6 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Talen Horton-Tucker: 29.0 | 16.7 | +12.3
Points per game:
Talen Horton-Tucker: 18.0 | 9.9 | +8.1


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Assists per game:
Jayson Tatum: 3.0 | 4.6 | -1.6

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Boston Celtics -13.5 (-110)

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