Nov 14, 2012; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors (15) is guarded by Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger (7) during the fourth quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. The Boston Celtics won 98-93. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

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Utah Jazz (0-4) @ Boston Celtics (0-4)

Tip off @ 7:30 p.m. EST

TV : Root Sports

Projected Starting Lineups

Utah Jazz

PG – Jamaal Tinsley

SG – Gordon Hayward

SF – Richard Jefferson

PF – Derrick Favors

C – Enes Kanter

Boston Celtics

PG – Avery Bradley

SG – Jeff Green

SF – Gerald Wallace

PF – Brandon Bass

C – Vitor Faverani

Overview

Both the Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics come into tonight’s matchup looking for their first win of the season. The Jazz, enter tonight, coming off a blowout loss at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets last night. The loss for the Jazz did not have many bright spots, but if you can take anything away from it, Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter finished with respectable games, finishing with 22 and 21 points. The Jazz will look to try and bounce back against a team who looks to be in more of a rebuilding process than they are.

Key Matchup: Gordon Hayward vs Jeff Green

Hayward enters the game averaging 15 points, 5 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game. However, only shooting the ball at 37% on the season. Green comes into the game averaging 16.8 points, 1.5 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game. To add to that, Green is shooting the ball at 46% on the season.

Green and Hayward are both guys that their teams look to for scoring. The difference is that Hayward has other weapons around him to help shoulder that load. Green doesn’t quite have that same help. It will be interesting to see which one of these players can push their teams to their first victory.

Bench

The Celtics have a rookie coming off the bench that, by season’s end, could be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year in Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk had a fantastic preseason. However, to start the season, Olynyk is only averaging 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 20.3 minutes. For the Celtics to succeed, I believe Olynyk has to produce more than what he is showing.

For the Jazz, they got Brandon Rush back from injury last night. Rush only played 10 minutes and looked extremely rusty. According to Rush, the plan is to pick up his minutes night after night to get him back into game shape. Tonight’s game could be a big game for Alec Burks. With the way the Celtics bench looks so far, Burks should be able to produce quality minutes off the bench that could help lead the Jazz to their first victory.

Conclusion

The Celtics come into this game ranking 28th in points per game at only 87.5 per game. They also come into this game struggling in rebounding (27th, 38.5 per game) and assists (30th, 14.3 per game). However, the Celtics come into the game ranked 6th in defense, allowing 95 points per contest. The Jazz enter tonight ranking two spots higher than the Celtics at 26 in the NBA with 91.7 points per game. However, the Jazz are much better on the boards, as they rank 7th overall with 45.3 rebounds per game. The Jazz have not come up with a lot of assists so far in the season, but they still rank higher than the Celtics at 21st with 19 per game. Defensively, the Jazz are giving up 97.3 points per game, landing them at 12th in the league.

As a result of all those stats listed above, the Jazz control the boards tonight to help them to their first victory of the season. It will be a close game that the Jazz will have to learn how to finish. The Celtics won’t go quietly, as they also will look to try and earn their first victory in front of their home crowd. Look for Jeff Green to try and propel the Celtics late in the fourth quarter. Still, my prediction will be that the Jazz pull out the win on the road.

Jazz 94, Celtics 90

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  • Steven Jaynes

    This is going to be an ugly one. Utah just needs to win any way they can right now. With a lack of depth for the core to have resting minutes the Jazz would take an ugly one point win. Boston are in a similar situation.

    I will go Celtics 96 Jazz 97. The Jazz might put in the extra effort to pull this close one out knowing its the second game of a 4 game road trip and the most winnable game of the 4.

    • Cody Powers

      I agree that it could be an ugly game, but for the Jazz, a win is a win and they need one anyway they can get it!

  • Olivier Batiste

    I really do not understand why Ty isn’t going with a starting 5 like this one : Burks – Hayward – Jefferson – Favors – Kanter. Just until Trey comes back! Have they seen JL3 & Tinsley stats in the Jazz staff??? However I wish Utah will win this game whatever it costs : there are so many defeats since pre-season… I would sign for the score Steven gave !

    • Cody Powers

      Oliver, I think that you are right about that being the best starting 5. However, I might have to agree with the move that Coach Corbin has made so far with bringing Alec off the bench. Other than Alec, the Jazz have nobody coming off the bench that can score for them. They need to have him coming off the bench to have the other team respect them.

      • Olivier Batiste

        You are right, without Burks the second team is really poor. It is clear that Burks is the only one to come off the bench & scores well. But I can’t stand JL3 & Jamaal anymore…as starters I mean. :)

        I’m glad Rush is coming back, that was best news of yesterday’s game.

  • Steven Jaynes

    Olivier I still don’t rate Tyrone. The first two games were close. And I expect this young team to have 3 good quarters and one bad one in a lot of games this season, especially with the lack of depth on the roster. I also expect some nights this team is just going to be blown out of the water by good teams. But to lose to the Rockets by 11 points after being up 16 at the half is bad coaching in my book. I expect a team like the Rockets to come back at a team like the Jazz if the Jazz get any sort of lead, but I also expect the Head coach to protect his players somewhat from the upcoming inevitable onslot. The players did a lot of good things in the first half, possibly gave everything they had, but they went away from some of the good things they were doing. At times they needed reminding what got them in a good position. Other times they need protection. They need breathers. They need the right substitutions. At times when the opposition is picking up steam they need something that is going to interrupt the rhythm, sometimes that can be a quick timeout. I didn’t see much development in Corbin in 2 and a half seasons, and I can’t say I see much now.

    • Olivier Batiste

      Hi! Well I’m also disappointed with Corbin’s decisions. For the moment with all these players in surgery I cannot really judge his work but, like you said, I don’t see him as a top coach.

  • King Jackson

    Hey my prediction for the contest is boston 87 jazz 94

  • King Jackson

    Hey my prediction for the contest is boston 87 jazz 94

  • King Jackson

    Hey my prediction for the contest is boston 87 jazz 94