Through 1 Quarter

The Utah Jazz were expected to win this one, and so far that's exactly how it's playing out. They are way out in front after one quarter with a 41-27 lead over the Boston Celtics.

Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell has led the way so far for Utah, as he has 11 points and two assists. Boston has enjoyed the tag-team combination of power forward Al Horford and point guard Dennis Schroder. The former has seven points and three assists, while the latter has eight points.

The Jazz's lead is tied with the biggest they have had this year going into the second quarter.

Who's Playing

Boston @ Utah

Current Records: Boston 12-10; Utah 14-7

What to Know

The Boston Celtics haven't won a matchup against the Utah Jazz since Feb. 26 of last year, but they'll be looking to end the drought on Friday. They will face off against one another at 9 p.m. ET at Vivint Arena. Both teams come into the contest bolstered by wins in their previous games.

Boston escaped with a win on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers by the margin of a single free throw, 88-87. Having forecasted a close victory for the Celtics, the oddsmakers were right on the money. Their small forward Jayson Tatum looked sharp as he posted a double-double on 26 points and 16 rebounds. Tatum hadn't helped his team much against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, so this was a nice turnaround for him.

Meanwhile, Utah's game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday was close at halftime, but Utah turned on the heat in the second half with 76 points. Utah blew past Portland 129-107. The Jazz relied on the efforts of shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, who had 30 points and five assists, and center Rudy Gobert, who dropped a double-double on 21 points and 16 boards.

The Celtics are now 12-10 while Utah sits at 14-7. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: Boston have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.20%, which places them third in the league. But Utah ranks third in the league when it comes to field goal percentage, with 47.30% on the season. These opposing strengths should make for an exciting matchup.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 9 p.m. ET
  • Where: Vivint Arena -- Salt Lake City, Utah
  • TV: ATTSN Rocky Mountain
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $43.65


The Jazz are a big 8-point favorite against the Celtics, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Jazz as an 8.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Utah have won seven out of their last 12 games against Boston.

  • Mar 16, 2021 - Utah 117 vs. Boston 109
  • Feb 09, 2021 - Utah 122 vs. Boston 108
  • Mar 06, 2020 - Utah 99 vs. Boston 94
  • Feb 26, 2020 - Boston 114 vs. Utah 103
  • Nov 17, 2018 - Utah 98 vs. Boston 86
  • Nov 09, 2018 - Utah 123 vs. Boston 115
  • Mar 28, 2018 - Boston 97 vs. Utah 94
  • Dec 15, 2017 - Utah 107 vs. Boston 95
  • Feb 11, 2017 - Boston 112 vs. Utah 104
  • Jan 03, 2017 - Boston 115 vs. Utah 104
  • Feb 29, 2016 - Boston 100 vs. Utah 95
  • Feb 19, 2016 - Utah 111 vs. Boston 93

Injury Report for Utah

  • Udoka Azubuike: Out (Ankle)

Injury Report for Boston

  • Jaylen Brown: Out (Rest)