Will Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown Play Tonight? Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/16/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with guard Jaylen Brown (7) after scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


The in-form Boston Celtics play hosts to the league-topping Utah Jazz in this NBA clash. While the Jazz lie at the top of the Western Conference Standings with a 28-10 record, the Celtics are the fifth best team in the East with a 20-18 record.

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Date & Time: March 16, 2021, 6:30pm ET

Venue: TD Garden, Boston

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Feb 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is hugged by a teammate after making the winning basket late in the fourth quarter of their 111-110 win over the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Boston Celtics

The Celtics‘ recent form has been awe-inspiring. In their last six games, they have emerged victorious five times. Most of that has been down to them shaking off their recent injury concerns.

Jayson Tatum is averaging 25.1 points and 7 rebounds per game this season while his partner in-crime Jaylen Brown has been playing at an All-Star level. Coming back to their injury concerns, Marcus Smart is back from a calf problem.

Though, Brad Stevens hasn’t instated him to the starting lineup yet. He is playing rotation-level minutes as of now, easing his way back from the injury.

Starting 5 for the Boston Celtics

Guard – Kemba Walker

Guard – Jaylen Brown

Center – Tristan Thompson

Forward – Daniel Theis

Forward – Jayson Tatum

Preview | Utah Jazz

The Jazz have been defying all the odds this season. Rudy Gobert has been a metronome on the defensive end; in the loss to the Warriors, he grabbed 28 rebounds.

Yes, you heard it. We might have called it a rare loss if not for their recent lacklustre form. In their last 10 games, they hold a mediocre 5-5 record. Donovan Mitchell talked about being the best team in the second half of the season as well.

So, they need to turn the ship around and try to return to their previous high levels.

Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slaps the hand of center Rudy Gobert (27) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz wins 108-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Utah Jazz

Guard – Donovan Mitchell

Guard – Mike Connelly

Center – Rudy Gobert

Forward – Royce O’Neale

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Forward – Bojan Bogdanovic

Predictions | Celtics vs Jazz

The Jazz could have been the favorites for this encounter had they not been wobbly of late. Plus, the Celtics are looking like a well-oiled machine now. Hence, it won’t be a stretch to say that the balance of the scale is slightly tipped in favor of the hosts.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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