2019-20 NBA – Boston Celtics @ Utah Jazz Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Boston Celtics @ Utah Jazz taking place? Thursday 27th February, 2020 – 03:30 (UK)

Where is Boston Celtics @ Utah Jazz taking place? Vivint Smart Home Arena

What channel is Boston Celtics @ Utah Jazz on? ESPN, AT&T SportsNet – Rocky Mountain, NBC Sports Boston, TSN1

Where can I stream Boston Celtics @ Utah Jazz? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, WatchESPN, NBC Sports App

Where can I get tickets for Boston Celtics @ Utah Jazz? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Boston Celtics 86 – 98 Utah Jazz

THE TEAM NEWS

BOSTON CELTICS

  • The Celtics are coming off a 118-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers to make it three wins out of their last four contests, although they have been a bit inconsistent of late. Boston are third in the Eastern Conference standings with a 40-17 mark.
  • Star guard Kemba Walker has been listed as questionable but recent reports have indicated he will likely miss this game due to his ongoing knee injury. Robert Williams and Tacko Fall are expected to be out as well, though neither would have played a big role even if they were healthy.
  • Other players have had to pick up the slack due to the absence of Walker from the lineup, and Jayson Tatum has managed to rise to the occasion. The first-time All-Star this season is coming off a 36-point, eight-threes performance against the Trail Blazers the last time out.

UTAH JAZZ

  • The Jazz are coming off a 131-111 loss against the rising Phoenix Suns, which extended their losing streak to three games, but Utah remain a top team in the Western Conference as they are in fifth place with a 36-21 mark.
  • Utah's lone absentee will be guard Nigel Williams-Goss, dealing with a quadriceps injury that sees him listed as questionable, and will he be a game-time decision for the coaching staff.
  • Donovan Mitchell should continue to lead Utah offensively and is coming off a 38-point performance in his previous contests. The shooting guard has scored at least 20 points in five of his last six matches, and he is averaging 25.7 points per game during that stretch.

THE PREDICTION

The Celtics have a better record and, at least on paper, should have the edge when it comes to their potential chances of pulling the upset here. Boston have looked decent of late and, while playing on the West Coast could pose a potential problem due to the difference in time zones, they have still posted a decent 17-12 away record – the third-best mark in the East. The Jazz, on the other hand, have lost their last three games and could be headed for a considerable fall in the standings if they don’t pick things up soon, but Boston can come away with the win here.

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