KEY POINTS

  • Jayson Tatum hopes to sustain charge for the Celtics
  • Jazz host Celtics on Wednesday
  • Jazz tries to snap a three-game slide

Jayson Tatum has been going on a supernova for the Boston Celtics as of late, thriving on the ultimate go-to-guy role as Kemba Walker nurses an injury. The third-year All-Star will try to spearhead the C's anew as they travel to Salt Lake City Wednesday to battle against the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back. The Jazz are pushed back to fifth place in the Western Conference after falling in the last three of a scheduled six-game homestand. They will then host the Wizards on  Friday before hitting the road again to start the month of March. 

Boston Celtics

Tatum is averaging 36 points over his last four games which resulted in three wins for the Celtics who now sit at the third spot in the East with a 40-17 overall record. In the lone defeat of the said stretch handed by the Lakers on Monday, the 22-year-old went berserk and matched his career-high 41 points. He then followed it up by torching the Blazers from beyond the arc, notching another career-best eight trifectas for a 118-106 win. Walker, meanwhile, is still unlikely to play against the Jazz according to coach Brad Stevens. Gordon Hayward, who has slowed down after scoring at least 20 points in three straight games during the second week of the month, will look to regain his touch as he faces his former team. 

Utah Jazz

The Jazz are in the middle of a search for answers to their latest debacle - losing three straight games at home, including a 131-111 upset from a struggling Phoenix Suns on Monday. Donovan Mitchell was all by his lonesome in the latest defeat, scoring 38 in a wasted effort which has completely left their home fans puzzled and frustrated. They are now on the brink of falling out of the top five teams in the conference as the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have won eight of their last 10, are just behind them by a game in the loss column. 

Odds and Trends

The homecourt advantage still prevails based on the sportsbooks as the Jazz are tagged as -4.5 favorites despite the losing skid. The total line will be updated soon.

The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

The Jazz are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a double-digit loss at home and 2-5 in their last 7 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.

Over is 4-0 in Celtics' last 4 overall and 7-1 in Jazz's last 8 Wednesday games.

Under is 5-1 in Celtics' last 6 games following a straight-up win of more than 10 points and 4-1 in Jazz's last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Prediction

Jazz win, 116-111

Jayson Tatum and Joel Embiid Jayson Tatum and Joel Embiid were two players Drew Hanlon named as having the highest-IQ in basketball. In this picture, Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers during game two of the Eastern Conference second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston, May 3, 2018. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)