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Utah Jazz (22-13) @ Boston Celtics (20-14)TD Garden | Boston, MA5;30 p.m. (MT) | NBA TV / ROOT Sports1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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Tonight the Utah Jazz (22-13) play Game 2 of their five game trip out East, and will face off against the new and improved Boston Celtics (20-14). The Jazz have the better record, despite all the injuries and playing in the West, but Boston has the -6.0 line according to Las Vegas. I guess they know their NBA history and know who is and isn't going to play well tonight. And honestly? The C's are picking up a lot of intangibles lately, playing a lot of teams without their starting PG. That has worked out great because Boston's best player this year has been their starting PG.

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Team Breakdown:

Last season these two teams split the season series, but historically this has been Boston's home and they have been very good at making us recognize that. (SEVEN STRAIGHT #UTAatBOS losses for the Jazz!) The Celtics have been streaking, winning four in a row. The Jazz have won four in a row as well. Somethings gotta give.

  • PPG: UTA 99.0 (26th) - BOS 106.1 (8th)
  • O.PPG: UTA 94.5 (1st) - BOS 104.3 (15th)
  • PACE: UTA 91.1 (30th) - BOS 96.0 (18th)
  • ORTG: UTA 108.7 (12th) - BOS 110.3 (7th)
  • DRTG: UTA 103.8 (3rd) - BOS 108.3 (19th)

Good offense against good defense. It should be fun! (You know, except for the fact that the refs will be giving the Celtics a lot of home court love and Thomas will get to the line 13 times tonight.)

We see you, guys!

Fan Map:

2015 2016 Fanbase Map Boston Utah

This is what winning 17 rings gets you.

Assumed Starters:

  • PG: Shelvin Mack vs. Isaiah Thomas
  • SG: Rodney Hood vs. Avery Bradley
  • SF: Gordon Hayward vs. Jae Crowder
  • PF: Derrick Favors (?) vs. Amir Johnson
  • C: Rudy Gobert vs. Al Horford

If Favors doesn't start, and I think he kind of should, then Quin Snyder could go with Boris Diaw here. Diaw started the second half of the last game.

Injuries / Absences:

  • PG: George Hill (UTA, OUT), Dante Exum (UTA, OUT), Marcus Smart (Questionable)
  • SG: Avery Bradley (BOS, IN)
  • SF: James Young (BOS, OUT)
  • PF: Joel Bolomboy (UTA, NBADL)
  • C: Tyler Zeller (BOS, OUT)

GO JAZZ GO!

Poll

Who's going to win tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    UTA by 11+ points
    (2 votes)
  • 8%
    UTA by 6-10
    (5 votes)
  • 32%
    UTA by 1-5
    (18 votes)
  • 12%
    BOS by 1-5
    (7 votes)
  • 19%
    BOS by 6-10
    (11 votes)
  • 23%
    BOS by 11+
    (13 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now