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(5-12) Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz (11-8)
Date: Thursday December 1
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -9
NBA Betting Total: 189
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Miami is struggling in the post Wade area. No surprise there though I thought they might be more competitive than they have been so far.
Conversely Utah is playing exactly like the team on the rise many expected…once Gordon Hayward was healthy enough to return to the lineup.
Unfortunately there is not a lot of glamour to this matchup, but their might be some value.
Hassan Whiteside is having a monster season but it looks like it will be in vain for the burgeoning center – and by monster I mean he is averaging 17ppg and 15rpg.
Now that he is not sharing the ball as much I was expecting more from Goran Dragic this season.
After a couple of missed games he had his best game of the season in their most recent loss to Boston – 27 points and 17 assists.
Miami has pretty balanced scoring with 6 players averaging between 10 and 17ppg. What they lack is a real go to guy who can always get a good shot when they need it.
They made a big investment in Tyler Johnson in the offseason. I am not sure what the hubbub is about and even though his numbers are up I think it is more about the opportunity. His shooting is down.
It was the same for second year pro Justise Winslow, who has missed the last several games due to injury and is not expected back yet.
This is a bad offensive team but they play defense so they might be able to hang with the Jazz on the road.
Miami may be a good defensive team but the Jazz are better. They are first in the league, allowing just 93ppg.
Key to that defense is center Rudy Gobert. Gobert is definitely going to challenge Whiteside and anyone else who comes into the paint. Like Whiteside his also strong on the board averaging 11ppg and 11rbg.
That matchup in the middle will be key.
With Hayward back the Jazz have their best scorer to turn to. His deep shooting has not been great but he has been averaging more than 20ppg.
Point guard George Hill has been averaging exactly 20ppg and the two are an unlikely but highly productive backcourt pairing.
Throw in Rodney Hood and the Jazz are among the better teams on the perimeter, even with Alec Burks hurt.
Also on the floor is Derrick Favors. Favors may never have a refined game but his athleticism really helps the Jazz on the glass and on defense.
Utah has won four in a row. They are scoring a lot more but it is hard to know if it is just matchups or something else.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Heat are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 5-1 in Heat last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Over is 8-0 in Jazz last 8 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Jazz are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.
Free Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
No line as of yet but I do expect the Jazz to be significant favourites, something like -7 or -8. That makes me nervous with a defense first team but this is a good spot.
Miami’s struggles are well documented and in the middle this may be a stalemate.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz -9
Plus they play the night before in Denver.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 99 – Miami 88
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