NBA Game Preview, Celtics Vs Jazz (Nov. 9): Time Start Start, Channel, Players To Watch
The Boston Celtics (7-4) enter tonight’s game ranked third in the Eastern Conference, while the Utah Jazz (5-6) hover at ninth over the 5-6 Los Angeles Lakers in the West. This will be the first time these two teams have met since Boston beat Utah 97-94 back on March 28, 2018.
So far we’ve gone 11 games into the NBA season and Utah has been abysmal at home, but dominant on the road, flaunting a 4-2 away record and a 1-4 record at home.
The story has been the exact opposite for the Celtics, who have been prominent at home but mediocre on the road, lauding a 4-3 away record and a 3-1 record in the TD Garden.
Boston is coming off a 116-109 road win against a feeble Phoenix Suns team (2-9) who are in dead last in the Western Conference and have gone 0-4 at home.
The Celtics have been impressive this season, ranking 4th in defensive rebounds, 7th in turnovers per game, and 14th in the percentage of three-pointers landed. Boston could use some work on field goal percentage (No. 28), points per game (25th) and steals per game (25th).
In 43 minutes, Celtics all-star Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 39 points during their last game against the Suns. He went 13-28 from the field (7/7 from the line, 6/13 from the three). Irving collected 6 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block and 6 threes with 3 turnovers.
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Utah also enters tonight’s game with a 117-102 win against a struggling Dallas Mavericks team that has gone 3-8 on the season and are 0-6 on the road.
Utah point guard Donovan Mitchell finished Wednesday night’s game with a team-high 23 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 threes with 1 turnover in 32 minutes. He shot 52.9% from the field, making 9 of his 17 attempts (2/2 from the line, 3/8 from three-point range).
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The Jazz are ranked 10th in steals per game, 11th in field goals, and 13th in assists per game. They struggle in defensive rebounds per game (No. 24), free throw percentage (No. 22) and offensive rebounds per game (No. 21).
The game will air on ESPN, NBSB and ATRM at 9:30 p.m. EST.