The Utah Jazz aren't a great road team, going 2-10 so far this season. That's bad. But it's only two wins behind what the Miami Heat have managed at home with their 4-7 record in the American Airlines Arena. The Heat are in a 'win one / lose one' pattern right now, and they played and won last night. The Jazz don't have a pattern, how else do you explain losing 9 games in a row, including ones they should have had -- and then beating the NBA Champs, the San Antonio Spurs?
What we do know is that the Miami Heat are injured, but will have some of their brightest stars playing tonight, like Dwyane Wade. The Jazz will get Derrick Favors back after missing the last three games. So we'll see how a full strength Western Conference lotto team goes up against an Eastern Conference playoff team. Bad home team against bad road team. Two slow teams, with 25th or worse defenses.
It's these types of games where the players who can create their own shots matter most.
I couldn't guess right now who is going to start, but I feel like I should at least try:
PG: Trey Burke vs. Norris Cole
SG: Alec Burks vs. Dwyane Wade
SF: Gordon Hayward vs. Luol Deng
PF: Enes Kanter vs. Udonis Haslem
C: Derrick Favors vs. Justin Hamilton
Their bench will be supported by Mario Chalmers, Chris Andersen, Shawne Williams, and Shabazz Napier. The Jazz will try to match that with Dante Exum, Rudy Gobert, Trevor Booker, and Joe Ingles/Rodney Hood. I know that I'm crazy. But I also know that the Jazz historically play well in Miami (post here), and that Miami is just as vulnerable as the Jazz at PG (podcast here). And while the preview reminds us that our team has lost to injured teams before we only have to look back to a week ago when we beat a team we should have lost to.
The Jazz should have beat Miami last week, but did not. I think our squad doesn't want to catch the tiger by the toe to let him go twice in the same month. Let's show up tonight and take South Beach! (P.S. After-party in Enes's hotel room)
GO JAZZ GO!
Who is going to win tonight?
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The Utah Jazz
The Miami Heat