Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics Date and Time: Wednesday, March 17,2021 6:00 AM IST Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA. Prediction: Utah Jazz Bookmaker: 1xbet
In the 2020-2021 NBA game, the Utah Jazz travel to the TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics. The Utah Jazz have been one of the most impressive teams in the league this season, but they come into this game off a demoralizing loss against the Golden State Warriors.
In that game against the Warriors, four of their players scored more than 20 points. Donovan Mitchell has continued from where he left before the All-Star break, with Rudy Gobert’s defensive prowess on display in most games as well. Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson have also produced big performances, with the latter a frontrunner for the NBA Sixth man of the year award this year. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics welcomed back Marcus Smart off the bench in their last game. His return is expected to be a huge boost, although the Boston Celtics are in the market for defensive reinforcements.
The Utah Jazz have been very efficient in both offense and defence this campaign. Rudy Gobert has reinstated himself as the best defender in the league and is averaging a double-double, with 14.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per outing. His presence means that the likes of Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley have been able to focus on their offensive games, with Jordan Clarkson contributing off the bench too. The Utah Jazz are leading the Western Conference with a 28-10 record. They had a minor blip against the Warriors in their last game and will be itching to get back to winning ways.
The Boston Celtics have finally been able to count on Marcus Smart, which could be key to the postseason hopes. The Celtics, who struggled in defence in Smart’s absence, will likely see a few new faces before the NBA trade deadline. They have had a decent season but need more depth to realistically challenge for the championship. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been nothing short of brilliant, but Kemba Walker has lost a bit of steam in the last few games.
Both teams have realistic title ambitions this season and come into the second half of the season in strong positions. The Boston Celtics are set for the playoffs and will probably see a couple of new faces soon, while the Utah Jazz have been nothing short of dominant this campaign. Overall, the Utah Jazz have an advantage, considering their form and the fact that Marcus Smart will likely get his first start in a few weeks.