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Celtics (50-14) at Jazz (28-36) Sport #65 3/12/24

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The Celtics look to finish their highway journey on a constructive be aware as they tackle the Utah Jazz. That is the 2nd and last assembly between these two groups this season. The Celtics received 126-97 on January 5 in Boston. They cut up the sequence 1-1 final season with every workforce profitable on their house courtroom. The Celtics are 61-46 all time general in opposition to the Jazz and 22-31 in video games performed in Utah.

The Celtics are enjoying on the second evening of again to again video games. They’re 8-2 on the second evening of again to again video games to date. They’re 2-1 when the each of the video games within the again to again set are on the highway. The Jazz have had 2 days off, final enjoying on Saturday.

The Celtics stay 1st within the East, 8.5 video games forward of 2nd place Milwaukee, 9 video games forward of third place Cleveland, 12.5 video games forward of 4th place New York, 13 video games forward of fifth place Orlando and 13.5 video games forward of sixth place Philadelphia. They’re 20-11 on the highway and 8-2 of their final 10 video games. They’re 16-7 in opposition to Western Convention groups. They’re coming off a win of their final recreation.

The Jazz are twelfth within the West, 9.5 video games behind sixth place Phoenix, 8.5 video games behind seventh place Sacramento, 6 video games behind tenth place Golden State and 1 recreation behind eleventh place Houston. They’re 6.5 video games forward of thirteenth place Memphis. They’re 19-12 at house and 2-8 of their final 10 video games. They’re 14-13 in opposition to Jap Convention groups and so they have misplaced their final 2 video games.

The Celtics are enjoying within the last recreation of a 5 recreation highway journey. They misplaced the primary two video games in opposition to Cleveland and Denver after which received in Phoenix and received in Portland. They’ll go house for a recreation in opposition to Phoenix earlier than going through Washington on the highway. They then have house video games in opposition to Detroit and Milwaukee earlier than a 6 recreation highway journey via Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta (twice), New Orleans and Charlotte.

The Jazz Have been off for two days after dropping a recreation to Denver on Saturday. They’re enjoying within the first of a 4 recreation house stand. They’ll host Atlanta and Minnesota twice earlier than a 3 recreation highway journey via Oklahoma Metropolis, Dallas, and Houston. They then return house for a 3 recreation house stand in opposition to Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

Al Horford is listed as out for this recreation attributable to a toe harm. Jaylen Brown will miss this recreation attributable to a sacroiliac straing. Kristaps Porzingis stays out with the hamstring harm and can miss his third straight recreation. Svi Mykhailiuk is questionable attributable to private causes and can miss his second straight recreation. I’m going to guess that Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet will get the beginning.

For the Path Blazers, Taylor Hendricks is out with a ligament sprain in his left huge toe. Lauri Markkanen has already been dominated out for this recreation. Markkanen will miss his fourth consecutive recreation as he tries to heal from a proper quad contusion.

Possible Celtics Starters

PG: Jrue Vacation
SG: Derrick White
SF: Sam Hauser
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Luke Kornet

Celtics Reserves
Oshae Brissett
Payton Pritchard
Jordan Walsh
Xavier Tillman
Jaden Springer

2 Approach Gamers
JD Davison
Drew Peterson
Neemias Queta

Al Horford (relaxation) out
Svi Mykhailiuk (private) questionable
Kristaps Porzingis (hamstring) out
Jaylen Brown (sacroiliac) out

Head Coach
Joe Mazzulla

Possible Jazz Starters

PG: Keyonte George
SG: Collin Sexton
SF: Brice Sensabaugh
PF: John Collins
C: Walker Kessler

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Jazz Reserves
Jordan Clarkson
Kris Dunn
Talen Horton-Tucker
Taevion Kinsey
Kira Lewis, Jr
Kenneth Lofton, Jr
Luka Samanic
Omer Yurtseven

Two Approach Gamers
Johnny Juzang
Micah Potter
Jason Preston

Taylor Hendricks (toe) out
Lauri Markkanen (quad) out

Head Coach
Will Hardy

Key Matchups

Derrick White vs Collin Sexton
Sexton is averaging 18.2 factors, 2.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per recreation. He’s taking pictures 48.3% from the sphere and 40.4% from past the arc. In opposition to the Celtics this season, he completed with 13 factors, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and three steals. He shot 41.7% from the sphere however didn’t hit a 3.

Jayson Tatum vs John Collins
Collins is averaging 14.6 factors, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He’s taking pictures 52.8% from the sphere and 33.8% from past the arc. In opposition to the Celtics this season he had 12 factors, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. He shot 62.5% from the sphere however didn’t hit a 3.

Honorable Point out
Luke Kornet vs Walker Kessler
Kessler is averaging 8.4 factors, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and a pair of.7 blocks. He’s taking pictures 64.2% from the sphere and 21.1% from past the arc. In opposition to the Celtics this season he completed with 4 factors and seven rebounds. He shot 66.7% and didn’t make a 3 pointer. He’s a menace to dam pictures and so the Celtics want to pay attention to him after they go to the ring.

Keys to the Sport
Protection – Protection is the important thing to profitable each recreation. The Celtics are 2nd within the league with a defensive ranking of 110.3 whereas the Jazz are twenty seventh with a defensive ranking of 118.9. The Celtics are 4th in factors per recreation with 120.7 whereas the Jazz are ninth with 117.7 factors per recreation. The Jazz have some excellent 3 level shooters on the workforce and they’re ninth with 37.1 three pointers tried per recreation so the Celtics have to play good perimeter protection. However additionally they should defend within the paint because the Jazz are fifth with 54.1 factors within the paint per recreation. The Celtics should proceed to make protection a precedence to win this recreation.

Rebound – A lot of rebounding is effort and when the Celtics put out that effort on the boards, we see it within the different areas of their recreation. The Celtics are averaging 47.2 rebounds per recreation (1st) whereas the Jazz are averaging 46.2 rebounds per recreation, which is third within the league. The Jazz are 1st with 16.8 second likelihood factors per recreation and the Celtics will need to have each participant combat for rebounds to restrict these 2nd likelihood factors. If the Celtics wish to win this recreation they should crash the boards and beat the Jazz to rebounds.

Be Aggressive – The Celtics have to return out and be aggressive proper from the opening tip. They should be aggressive on protection, driving to the basket, rebounding, diving for unfastened balls and simply enjoying tougher typically. They should get off to a powerful begin and play onerous proper up till the ultimate buzzer. They’ll’t let the Jazz outwork them for any time period as a result of it doesn’t matter how good a workforce is, if they permit opponents to play tougher than them, they’ll lose to any workforce.

Focus for 48 Minutes – The Celtics want to remain centered for 48 minutes. They should give attention to taking good pictures and making them. In addition they should preserve that effort and focus up for 48 minutes with no let up and no collapse. They’ll’t afford to get complacent as a result of the Jazz have a dropping report and have received simply 2 of their final 10 video games. The ultimate recreation of a highway journey is all the time the hardest. The Celtics want to remain centered on profitable despite the circumstances.

Again to Again On the Street – The Celtics are enjoying within the last recreation of a 5 recreation highway
journey. They’ve to remain centered on enjoying Celtics basketball and block out all of the distractions that come from enjoying on the highway like journey, enjoying in a unique time zone, staying in inns and a hostile crowd. They’re additionally enjoying in again to again video games and within the third recreation in 4 nights. Fatigue could also be an element down the stretch on this recreation.

Teaching – Joe Mazzulla and Will Hardy are each former Celtics assistant coaches and each are 2nd 12 months head coaches who’ve carried out properly of their first season. Joe Mazzulla received the primary spherical in Boston. Which former assistant will lead their workforce to the win on this one?

Officiating – Officiating is all the time an x-factor. Will they allow them to play or will they name each ticky tack foul? Will they favor the house workforce? We by no means know what any given crew will do. The Celtics want to remain centered and never permit unhealthy calls or lack of calls take away their composure and take them out of their recreation.

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