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(5-4) Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat (2-5)
Date: Saturday November 12th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -2
NBA Betting Total: 201.5
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The Utah Jazz lost to the Charlotte Hornets last game in a close match up that ended with a final score of 104-98. While in the Eastern Conference the Miami Heat have now dropped 5 of their last 6 games.
Utah came up short because they continued to have trouble scoring in the fourth quarter. The Hornets defense just hounded them in the final frame of action, and in the end it was enough to let their adversary pull away with the win.
That has continued to be Utah’s Achilles heal over the last two seasons. They have a phenomenal defensive unit, but they continue to have trouble scoring at times. Some of that is due to the pace they play at, but sometimes it just comes down to simple execution.
At times when they get defensive stops the teams got to leak out and get simple baskets in transition. Now that Gordon Hayward is back the team has gotten better offensively though, so that’s a bright side.
They’ve scored 100 points in two of the last three games he’s played. And in their last matchup they almost got to 100 points again (scored 98 points.) So that looks like a sign of good things to come from the team. Miami is a stingy defensive unit in their own right, but the Jazz have got to continue going to Derrick Favors to get buckets.
Miami has Luke Babbitt starting at power forward, so that means Utah Jazz coach Quinn Snyder is going to continue exploiting that mismatch until the Heat do something about it.
The Miami Heat are on a three game losing streak. They’ve come up short in a 96-87 loss to the Toronto Raptors, 97-85 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and a 98-95 loss at the hands of Dwayne Wade and the Chicago Bulls.
Are you sensing a theme here? The Miami Heat can keep a game close, but they seem to have trouble scoring the basketball when they need to. A lot of that has to do with the new pieces the team has brought in.
But a lot also has to do with the lack of an identity as a team. The Heat play defense, so that’s something you can expect from them night in and night out. But besides the defensive end, offensively the team doesn’t know what they’re going to do every possession.
They have continued to show time and time again that they don’t know who to go to at the end of basketball games. Usually it’s between Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, but now with Dragic out Whiteside has got to step up.
He’s a monster defensively, but he tends to not demand the ball at the end of games. Whiteside’s leading the team in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game, so he’s got to get 20-25 in this matchup if the Heat are to come out on top.
They’re missing their second leading scorer so that means other guys have got to step up as well. Meaning Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson are guys to look out for in this game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
- Jazz are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
- Heat are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Northwest
Free Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
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4* Free NBA Betting Pick:
The Utah Jazz just have such as stout defensive unit, meaning they’ll likely take this one. The Miami Heat don’t have enough consistent offensive options to get going against an elite defensive team like Utah.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 104 – Miami 94
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