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Miami Heat (6-12) @ Utah Jazz (11-8)Vivint Smart Home Arena | Salt Lake City, UT7:00 p.m. (MT) | ROOT Sports | 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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The Utah Jazz (11-8) look to pull the very beating hearts out of the Miami Heat (6-12) tonight, you know, not unlike that OTHER time they did it.

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Utah is going for their 5th win in a row. Miami is playing their 5th game in 7 nights. Both teams are missing three starters and a bench shooting guard. So, you know, now that I realize all of it this is going to be the karmic night where the Heat stun the Jazz. Crap. #ESREVER #XNIJ

Miami doesn't usually win in Utah. They played the night before, and are on a road trip. Of course, thanks to NBA Free Agency and bandwagon fans, they have fans everywhere.

AllThatAmar

Yup...

Team Breakdown:

Erik Spoelstra has a defensively sound club (98.2 OPPG, 5th; 103.5 DRTG, 5th) that plays at a pretty slow pace (94.3, 24th) that isn't any good on offense (96.6 PPG, 28th, 101.8 ORTG, 27th). That's stylistically similar to what Quin Snyder has with the Jazz. Who hold opponents down with their defense (93.8 OPPG, 1st, 102.6 DRTG, 3rd) and play really slowly (91.4, 30th). The difference here is that Utah is kinda okay on offense (107.9 ORTG, 11th).

Of course, that remains to be seen without the guys who are missing this game for Utah.

Yikes.

Assumed Starters:

  • PG: Goran Dragic vs. Dante Exum
  • SG: Rodney McGruder vs. Joe Ingles
  • SF: Luke Babbitt vs. Gordon Hayward
  • PF: Josh McRoberts vs. Boris Diaw
  • C: Hassan Whiteside vs. Rudy Gobert

Injures / Absences:

  • PG: George Hill (UTA, OUT)
  • SG: Rodney Hood (UTA, OUT), Alec Burks (UTA, OUT), Josh Richardson (MIA, OUT), Dion Waiters (MIA, OUT)
  • SF: Justice Winslow (MIA, OUT)
  • PF: Chris Bosh (MIA, OUT), Derrick Favors (UTA, OUT)
  • C:

GO JAZZ GO

Poll

Who's going to win tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Utah by 11+
    (8 votes)
  • 26%
    Utah by 6-10 points
    (10 votes)
  • 13%
    Utah by 1-5 points
    (5 votes)
  • 28%
    Miami by 1-5 points
    (11 votes)
  • 5%
    Miami by 6-10 points
    (2 votes)
  • 5%
    Miami by 11+
    (2 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now