Utah Jazz at Miami Heat – NBA February 26

Utah Jazz (26-6) at Miami Heat (15-17)

  • Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
  • Place: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
  • TV: AT&T

Opening Tip

This is the first of four road games for the Utah Jazz as the hottest team in the NBA has won 11 out of it’s last 12 and they are 22-2 since a 4-4 start to the season. The Jazz have won by double digits in 20 of those 22 wins. Utah holds a four-game lead over the Clippers in the Western Conference.

The Heat are playing better as they have a tied a season-high four-game winning streak. Miami has won eight out of it’s last 11 games and sit tied for ninth in the east, but they are half of a game out of fifth place.

Utah took a 112-94 win in Salt Lake City two weeks ago behind 26 points from Donovan Mitchell. The Jazz shot 46 percent from the floor as they built a 21-point lead at 63-42 out of halftime.

Key Injuries

Utah – N/A

Miami Avery Bradley (calf) – out; Tyler Herro (hip) – out.


Jazz:

  • Utah is 10-1 ATS in it’s last 11 games
  • The Jazz check in at 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games vs. the Heat
  • Utah is 8-2 ATS in it’s last 10 road games

Heat:

  • Miami is 4-1 ATS in it’s last 5 games
  • The OVER has been the platy in 4 of the Heat’s last 6 games
  • Miami is 2-6 ATS in it’s last 8 home games

Last Time Out

The Jazz demolished the Lakers, 114-89, as they made 22 triples and shot 46 percent from distance. Rudy Gobert led Utah with 18 points and nine boards as Utah assisted 28 of 41 makes in the game.

Jimmy Butler scored 27 points – 14 in the fourth quarter – as the Heat slipped past the Raptors, 116-108 on Wednesday. Bam Adebayo had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who finished the first half on a 17-2 run.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Utah Jazz -6.5 (-110) -260 O 219 (-110)
Miami Heat +6.5 (-110) +220 U 219 (-110)

Advantage, Utah

Utah Jazz LogoThe three-point game. What else? The Jazz hit a franchise high 28 three-pointers in an early week win over over the Hornets and then came back with 22 on Wednesday night. The bench was responsible for 19 of those triples as Utah has already set the franchise record three times this season for made threes. Jordan Clarkson leads the team with 104 and Donovan Mitchell has 100. If you want average, go to Mike Conley, Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neal who all have shot 42 percent or better from distance. Utah may look to get a quick start from three as they only went 12-of-46 from distance in the earlier meeting.

The Heat give up 15.1 three-pointers per game (28th/NBA) and allow 41 attempts (30th/NBA), both the numbers are sweet music for the Jazz.

Key Jazz Stat

The Jazz are the only team in the NBA to rank in the top five in both offensive rating (116.7, 4th) and defensive rating (106.8, 2nd). Utah has the highest net rating in the NBA (9.9).

X-Factor

Utah is second in the NBA in rebounds per game at 48.4 as this is one way they start their fast break and spot players up in transition. The Jazz are getting consistent contributions on the glass from Royce O’Neal who pulls down 6.8 per game as he has six games with 10 or more boards.

Advantage, Miami

Miami Heat LogoGetting Jimmy Butler into the lineup and running offense through him is obviously synonymous with Miami’s four game win streak Butler has averaged 15.5 points and 4.4 rebounds over his last five games. He will test the inside of the Jazz defense with his athleticism and physicality. Utah center Rudy Gobert is a shot-blocking phenom as he is averaging 2.8 blocks per game, most in his career.

Key Heat Stat

Kendrick Nunn has settled in on the point for now as he has had a big February in averaging 16.9 points per game while making 42.3 percent of his three-pointers this month. Nunn can try to have an impact on the Jazz offense as a disruptors as he also has 1.45 steals this month.

X-Factor

Miami can spread it’s scoring around as the Heat have seven different players who are averaging double figures.

They are:

  • Bam Adebayo (19.6)

  • Jimmy Butler (19.5)

  • Tyler Herro (16.9)

  • Goran Dragić (14.4)

  • Kendrick Nunn (14.3)

  • Duncan Robinson (13.2)

  • Kelly Olynyk (10.0)

The Heat are hoping that this can scatter the Jazz defense and with spacing and possession, maybe Miami can disrupt Utah off the dribble and find Adebayo and Butler on more post ups.

Winner: Jazz (-6.5) 115, Miami 106

The Bets
Utah Jazz (-6.5)
-110
Utah Jazz
-260
OVER 219
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.