Celtics vs. Jazz NBA Preview (3/12/24): Odds, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on March 12, 2024 - Last Updated on March 14, 2024
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Celtics vs. Jazz Preview

The Boston Celtics travel to take on the Utah Jazz in NBA action on Tuesday night. The game tips off at 9 p.m. ET at the Delta Center.

Celtics vs. Jazz pregame odds

According to the latest NBA betting odds, the Celtics are road favorites for their second meeting of the season with the Jazz. The first time the clubs squared off, Boston picked up a 126-97 home win, easily covering the spread as a -14.5 favorite. The total went under the game-time line of 241.5 points. Current odds for tonight’s game from Massachusetts sports betting apps are as follows:

  • DraftKings: Celtics -6.5, over/under 230.5
  • FanDuel: Celtics -6.5, over/under 231.0
  • Caesars: Celtics -6.5, over/under 231.0
  • BetMGM: Celtics -6.5, over/under 230.5

Odds are subject to change and vary between sportsbooks for the Celtics vs. Jazz. 

Celtics vs. Jazz projected starting lineups

Celtics starting lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday (game-time decision)
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Kristaps Porzingis (game-time decision)

Jazz starting lineup

PG: Keyonte George
SG: Collin Sexton
SF: Luka Samanic
PF: John Collins
C: Walker Kessler

Projected starting lineups & injuries for each team are provided by Sportsdata.

Celtics vs. Jazz injuries

The Jazz will remain light in the frontcourt with injuries to Taylor Hendricks and Lauri Markkanen. Walker Kessler and Luka Samanic remain the fill-in starters. Boston has listed Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis as questionable. Both missed last night’s game in Portland. Payton Pritchard and Al Horford drew spot starts and likely would again if they sit versus the Jazz.

Team standings & stats for tonight’s game

Boston Celtics team stats

The Celtics odds have them as the favorites to win the Eastern Conference with a 50-14 record following a 121-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. The win was the team’s second in a row and eighth in its last 10 matchups. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the way on offense with 26 and 27 points respectively. After getting the win over the Jazz, Boston hosts the Phoenix Suns. Here are the Celtics’ stats so far for the season:

  • Points per game: 120.8 (4th)
  • Points allowed per game: 109.7 (4th)
  • Rebounds per game: 47.1 (1st)
  • Assists per game: 26.5 (14th)
  • FG%: 48.5 (9th)
  • 3PT%: 38.5 (4th)

Utah Jazz team stats

The Jazz, with a 28-36 record, are 12th in the Western Conference and have lost eight of their last 10. In its most recent game, Utah suffered a 142-121 loss to the Denver Nuggets, led by Keyonte George’s 29 points. On the season so far, here is where Utah ranks in comparison to the rest of the league:

  • Points per game: 117.7 (9th)
  • Points allowed per game: 120.7 (26th)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.2 (3rd)
  • Assists per game: 28.2 (9th)
  • FG%: 46.9 (19th)
  • 3PT%: 35.8 (19th)

Player stats for Celtics vs. Jazz

Boston Celtics leaders

The Celtics are on the second of back-to-back games, winning the first over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday thanks to good performances from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Sam Hauser came off the bench to contribute to Boston’s victory. Here are the leaders from Monday’s win against the Blazers:

  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 27 PTS, 6 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 26 PTS, 5 RBS, 8 ASTS
  • Sam Hauser (SF): 22 PTS, 2 RBS, 0 ASTS
  • Al Horford (C): 11 PTS, 4 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Derrick White (SG): 11 PTS, 6 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Payton Pritchard (PG): 11 PTS, 8 RBS, 8 ASTS

Boston has three players averaging 20 points per game or more to be one of the top-scoring teams in the NBA. Here are the Celtics’ season leaders:

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 26.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 22.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.7 APG
  • Kristaps Porzingis (C): 20.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 APG
  • Derrick White (SG): 15.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 5.0 APG
  • Jrue Holiday (PG): 12.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.8 APG

Utah Jazz leaders

The Jazz have lost two straight games, including their most recent game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Here are the top five Utah players based on the team’s last matchup:

  • Keyonte George (G): 29 PTS, 5 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Jordan Clarkson (PG): 22 PTS, 4 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • John Collins (PF): 19 PTS, 7 RBS, 1 AST
  • Collin Sexton (PG): 17 PTS, 1 RB, 4 ASTS
  • Brice Sensabaugh (F): 16 PTS, 2 RBS, 3 ASTS

Here are Utah’s season leaders heading into tonight’s game:

  • Lauri Markkanen (PF): 23.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.0 APG
  • Collin Sexton (PG): 18.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.7 APG
  • Jordan Clarkson (PG): 17.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.0 APG
  • John Collins (PF): 14.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.2 APG
  • Keyonte George (G): 12.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.4 APG
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