The Celtics saw their six-game winning streak snapped in a tight loss to the Thunder but can get back on track against the Jazz Friday night.
Utah has wins in six of its last seven contests in a surprising turnaround and has been a surprisingly difficult matchup for Boston. The Jazz have wins over the Celtics in five of the last seven matchups between these squads, so Boston needs to be focused at home here.
Opening odds certainly think the Celtics are up to the task, forecasting a convincing victory to get back in the win column. Let's look at the odds and dive into the matchup.
Jazz vs. Celtics NBA Opening Odds
The Celtics are, quite frankly, the most dominant home team in the NBA. They've won 23 consecutive games in Boston, setting the table for a smackdown this evening.
To their credit, the Jazz covered the spread in each of their previous four road tilts with three wins. Those wins came over the lowly Spurs, Raptors and Pistons though, so this is obviously a more difficult contest.
If you prefer a bet on the total, it's gone over in four consecutive Jazz vs. Celtics games. It's 7-1 in Boston's last eight overall, indicating we could be in for a high-scoring affair.
Given the Celtics' two-game lead in the Eastern Conference standings, a win helps stay ahead of the Sixers, who are in action as well. Boston is one of the NBA's best teams at avoiding consecutive losses and we could see a beatdown on Friday.
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