The NBA is set up with a solid set of games throughout Saturday. Five games are up on the board throughout February 13. One of these games will be between the Miami Heat and the Utah Jazz. These two teams have had solid starts to this season and will look to grab a win in this one. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
The Heat have earned a record of 11-14 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. Miami is only one game back from the sixth seed in the East. The Heat struggled early in the season, but have won four games in a row coming into this one. Miami will look to build off that in this one.
Utah has put up a record of 21-5 so far this season, which has them in the top spot of the Western Conference. The Jazz have won six games in a row and seventeen of their last eighteen. Utah has been really hot as of late and seem invincible. Utah will look to continue to play with that swagger in this one. The Jazz played on Friday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one.
The Jazz are coming into this game as the better team so far this season, but Miami is coming in on a winning streak as well. The Heat had a slow start after making it to the NBA Finals last season, but have seemed to have found their groove as of late. If Miami can come out quickly in this one, they could knock off the top dogs in the Western Conference.
The Jazz and the Heat met up twice throughout last season. Miami hosted the first game on December 23. Joe Ingles dropped 27 points, while Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 19 points. It was not enough for Utah though. Jimmy Butler finished with 20 points and Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Heat were able to sneak away with a 107-104 win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to Utah on February 12. Jimmy Butler had 25 points and Duncan Robinson scored 18. This time though, Miami came up short. Donovan Mitchell finished with 26 points, while Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points. Jordan Clarkson added 21 points off the bench to propel the Jazz to a 116-101 win on their home court.
The home team has won the last five games of this season dating back to 2018. Miami will look to turn that around with a win on the road in this one. The Jazz had a strong win to finish out last season’s series. Both of these teams have great depth scoring and will look to use that to get the advantage on Saturday night. If either team can jump out early, they could take this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Heat have been solid shooting the ball so far this season. Miami has been able to make around 46.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 14th in the NBA. The Heat have made 35.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 20th in the league. Miami is also sinking 78.6 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 9th in the NBA.
Utah has been strong shooting the ball this season as well. The Jazz have made 46.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 13th in the league. Utah is draining around 40.2 percent of their shots from the three point line, which is 3rd in the NBA. The Jazz have been able to make 76.6 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 17th in the league.
These two teams have been solid throughout the season when it comes to shooting the ball. Both teams have also been really strong on defense. The Jazz have held their opponents to a 43.9 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 3rd in the NBA. Miami has held opposing teams to a 44.5 percent from the field, which is 4th in the league.
Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler have helped lead this Heat team this season. Adebayo is averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Butler has averaged 19.5 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game. Tyler Herro is averaging 17 points per game, while Goran Dragic has averaged 14.5 points. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 13 points and Duncan Robinson has averaged 12.5 points per game. Kelly Olynyk rounds out this lineup, averaging 10.5 points per game.
Donovan Mitchell has been the leader for the Jazz in this breakout start. Mitchell has averaged 24 points per game. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.5 points per game off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovic has averaged 16 points, while Rudy Gobert is averaging 13.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Joe Ingles has averaged 10.5 points per game this season as well.
These two teams have strong lineups so far this season. Utah will likely be without Mike Conley in this one after missing again against the Bucks on Friday night. Goran Dragic could be out again for Miami, but Tyler Herro should be good to go. I expect these two teams to try and have players step up as they look to grab onto an early lead on Saturday night.
The Jazz and the Heat are coming into this one hot, which should lead to a great game on Saturday night. Utah is coming off a win on Friday night, which could lead to a slower start in this one. Miami is trying to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race, which should add some extra intensity in their game. I really like the Heat to grab the win in this one.
BetOnline has the Jazz listed as a -200 against the money line in this one. This implies that Utah will win this game around 66.7 percent of the time. While the Jazz are at home, they are coming off a game on Friday night. I think that Miami has a good chance to pull off the upset in this one and as huge underdogs, they have a lot of value entering this one.