|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Thursday, 19 February 2009 07:38|
Basketball betting lines for the Boston/Utah tilt from Salt Lake City will be based on two teams that consistently beat the NBA odds. The Boston Celtics got off to the worst possible start against the basketball betting lines coming out of the gate but have since steadily improved their performance against the NBA odds and are now profitable for the season.
The Celtics had an overall record of 44-11 straight up and 31-24 against the basketball betting lines. Boston was a solid 15-12 against the basketball betting lines in road action this year with 19 of those 27 games having gone under the total.
Boston is a consistent team on both ends of the floor as they ranked 9th overall on offense while ranking 2nd overall on defense. The defending world champions beat the basketball betting lines in 3 of their final 4 games before the all star break.
Paul Pierce was a major asset for Boston against the basketball betting lines as he led the team in scoring with an average of 19.9 points per game. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with assists as he was averaging 8.5 per game.
Another key component in the Celtics success against the basketball betting lines is Kevin Garnett, who led the team in rebounds with an average of 8.9 per game. The Utah Jazz have always been a strong home team and that is certainly still the case this season as they had a mark of 16-11 against the basketball betting lines as a host.
Utah beat the NBA odds in 4 of their last 5 games before the all star break. Utah’s strength against the basketball betting lines has been their 7th ranked offense. The defense was ranked 18th.
Carlos Boozer has been Utah’s big plus against the basketball betting lines as he led the team in scoring with an average of 20.5 points per game. Utah lost at Boston 91-100 but got the cash as 9.5-point dogs on December 15.
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