Free NBA Picks Today: Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics 3/18/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics 3/18/23
Sat 18th March 2023

The Utah Jazz (33-36, 20-13 Home) will try to slow down one of the league’s top scoring teams when they play host to the Boston Celtics (49-22, 23-13 Away) on Saturday.

Boston is playing on back-to-back days after topping the Portland Trail Blazers 126-112 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter yesterday. Jayson Tatum had a standout performance with 34 points and 12 rebounds.

The Celtics are second in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks. Utah dropped their last game on Monday at FTX Arena, falling to the Miami Heat 119-115. Lauri Markkanen had 38 points and eight rebounds in the loss, carrying the team.

The Jazz are 12th in the Western Conference.The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Boston and Utah split their matchups last season, each team taking one. The Celtics came out on top in the last meeting 125-97 at TD Garden in March 2022. Tatum led the Celtics with 26 points.

Donovan Mitchell had 37 points and six rebounds in the loss. Tatum and Jaylen Brown, averaging 30.2 and 26.8 points per game, respectively, have led the Celts in scoring this season. Tatum is sixth in the NBA in scoring.

Tatum also has grabbed 9.0 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Marcus Smart is dishing 6.4 assists per game. Markkanen (25.4 ppg) has supplied much of the Jazz’s offense. Markkanen also has averaged 8.5 rebounds per game. Jordan Clarkson has distributed 4.4 assists per game.

The Celtics are one of the top scoring offenses in the league, ranking fourth with 117.6 points per game. The teams have split their last 10 meetings at Vivint Arena (5-5). Meanwhile, the Celtics are 8-2 this season when playing on consecutive nights and 5-2 with a rest disadvantage.

The Jazz are 3-5 with a rest advantage.Boston is 5-5 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +1.8 (114.7-112.9). Utah has a 4-6 record over the last 10, allowing 117.3 points per game on average while scoring only 114.6 (-2.7 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Mike Muscala: 0.0 | 10.0 | -10.0
Rebounds per game:
Al Horford: 4.6 | 6.2 | -1.6
Assists per game:
Marcus Smart: 4.0 | 6.4 | -2.4


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Talen Horton-Tucker: 31.6 | 15.2 | +16.4
Points per game:
Talen Horton-Tucker: 20.2 | 9.0 | +11.2
Rebounds per game:
Walker Kessler: 11.3 | 8.3 | +3.0
Assists per game:
Jordan Clarkson: 12.0 | 4.4 | +7.6

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Boston Celtics (-175)

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