Celtics vs. Jazz: In-Depth Betting Prediction & Tips

March 18, 9:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Celtics -4.5

On March 18, 2023, the Boston Celtics (49-22) will face off against the Utah Jazz (33-36) at Vivint Arena. The point spread for this game is set at Boston -4.5 and Utah +4.5, with the total line at 232.5.

Last Game

In their most recent game, the Celtics defeated the Portland Trail Blazers with a score of 126-112, covering the -6.5 spread and going over the 234.5 total. The Jazz, on the other hand, lost to the Miami Heat 115-119, but managed to cover the 8.5 spread while going over the 226 total.

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers

The Celtics have an edge in the assists to turnovers ratio, with 26.25 assists and 12.9 turnovers per game, resulting in a ratio of 2.03. The Jazz have a slightly lower ratio of 1.7, averaging 25.67 assists and 15.1 turnovers per game.


The Jazz hold a slight advantage in the rebounding department, with a total of 45.35 rebounds per game (12 offensive, 33.35 defensive). The Celtics are close behind, averaging 45.15 rebounds per game (9.7 offensive, 35.45 defensive).

Shooting Percentage

Offensively, both teams are closely matched with the Celtics shooting at 47.29% and the Jazz at 47.28%. However, the Celtics have a slight edge on the defensive side, holding opponents to 46.55% shooting, while the Jazz allow 47.49%.

Key Offensive Stats

The Celtics have been more efficient in their offensive play, with a higher shooting percentage and better assists to turnovers ratio than the Jazz. Their ability to move the ball and create scoring opportunities will be a critical factor in this game. Additionally, the Celtics' superior free throw percentage will help them capitalize on trips to the line.

Key Defensive Stats

While the Jazz hold a slight advantage in rebounding, the Celtics' better shooting defense will help them control the game's tempo. By limiting their opponents' shooting percentage, the Celtics can force the Jazz to take less efficient shots and potentially create more turnovers.

Betting Trends

As an expert handicapper, it's crucial to identify the top betting trends for each team. Here are the five most significant trends for the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz:

Boston Celtics

  • The Celtics have shown resilience on the road, posting a 12-6 straight-up record in their last 18 away games.
  • Recently, Boston has been performing well overall, with a 4-1 straight-up record in their last 5 games.
  • When playing on the road against Utah, the Celtics have been successful against the spread, with a 4-2 ATS record in their last 6 games in this situation.
  • Historically, games between the Celtics and Jazz in Utah have seen high-scoring affairs, with the total going OVER in 9 of the last 12 meetings.
  • In the last 6 games, the Celtics have a solid 4-2 ATS record, showcasing their ability to cover the spread.

Utah Jazz

  • The Jazz have recently found their footing against the spread, going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • Despite their recent ATS success, Utah has struggled to secure wins, posting a 2-5 straight-up record in their last 7 games.
  • At home, the Jazz have had difficulty covering the spread, with a 1-5 ATS record in their last 6 home games.
  • When playing Boston at home, the Jazz have a strong 4-1 straight-up record in their last 5 meetings.
  • High-scoring games have been a trend for the Jazz recently, with the total going OVER in 5 of their last 6 games.


Boston Celtics

P. Pritchard (PG) is out indefinitely with a heel injury. M. Brogdon (SG) is questionable for Saturday's game due to an Achilles issue. R. Williams III (C) is expected to return in late March from a hamstring injury.

Utah Jazz

J. Clarkson (PG) is questionable for Saturday's game with a finger injury. C. Sexton (PG) is expected to return in late March from a hamstring injury.

Celtics vs Jazz Free Pick 03/18/23

The Boston Celtics have a slight advantage in several key areas, including assists to-turnovers ratio and shooting defense. With their recent strong performance and considering the Jazz's struggles at home, the Celtics are the better pick to win this game. Take the Celtics -4.5 and maybe toss a few bucks on the total going Over 232.5.

Free Pick: 
Take the Over 232.5