Two teams from opposing conferences currently on different trajectories are clashing today, when the Miami Heat (21-17), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the Utah Jazz (16-23), who continue to struggle and fall in the Western Conference table.
Date/Time: 01-07-2018, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat -4.5
Heat have a 21-17 record (16-20-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the East. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Knicks with a 117-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Goran Dragic with 16.7 ppg, adding a team high 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Dion Waters with 14.3 ppg, while Hassan Whiteside adds 14 ppg and a team high 11.6 rebounds per game.
Jazz have a 16-23 record (19-20-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 10th place of the West. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Nuggets with a 91-99 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by the rookie Donovan Mitchell with 18.2 ppg, while Rodney Hood adds 16.8 ppg. Derrick Favors follows with 12.6 ppg and 6.8 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Heat won on the road with a 74-84 score. Heat are 10-9 at home so far this season, while Jazz are 3-16 on the road. Jazz are slightly better defensively, allowing 101.7 ppg to Heat’s 102.2, while both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 100.9 and 100.8 ppg respectively, being fourth and third to last in the league. Heat have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.4% to Jazz’s 44.9%, while Jazz have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37% to Heat’s 36.9%. Heat are better in rebounding, grabbing 41.3 to Jazz’s 40.7, while Jazz are better in turnovers committed (14.5 to 15.2) and both teams dish exactly the same number of assists per game (21.3). Jazz have been terrible on the road throughout the season and Vegas odds give Heat a -4.5 spread which they are expected to beat easily for the home win today.
Utah Jazz vs Miami Heat Prediction: Miami Heat -4.5 (-109)
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