A 5-game winning streak has the Utah Jazz feeling a little better about themselves than a couple weeks ago. But all 5 of those wins are against teams with a losing record. Tonight’s game against the Miami Heat will be a much better test. The Heat are 21-8 overall and 12-1 at home. 538 gives the Jazz just a 34% chance of winning, so I hope Jazzland is ready for a tougher test.
The story of the last several games for the Jazz has been how great the starters play and how terrible the bench plays. That explains why the margin of victory has been so slim against such poor teams. Last game forced Quin Snyder to make some adjustments, opting for Tony Bradley instead of Ed Davis in the second half. Will he continue to play with the lineups and find something that works better?
When: Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 • 5:30 PM MT
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena • Miami, FL
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports Sun- Miami
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
Rudy Gobert vs. Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo has made a substantial jump in his 3rd year in the league. He’s having a career year across the board. Averaging 15.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game he’s been a vital piece to the Heat’s success this season.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Rudy Gobert is still the superior basketball player. And he’s on an absolute tear in the month of December. He’s putting up 17.4 points and 14.3 rebounds on 71.1% shooting from the field. He’s been a force and played a big role in Utah’s success, per usual.
This should make for a fun matchup tonight as 2 old-school centers go after it.
Is this highlight selected every time the Jazz play in Miami? Probably. But it’s just too good not to watch over and over again.
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