Utah’s winning so many games it’s getting almost boring at this point. It’s like the Jazz found the up, up, down, down B, A, Start cheat code for the NBA and no one can stop them. More likely it’s that the Jazz have spent years molding a roster around Rudy Gobert’s strength spearheaded by a legist superstar in Donovan Mitchell.
Utah has beaten the Heat the last two times they’ve played and it doesn’t look like much is going to change. The Heat may be more difficult this time than last simply because their best players are available. Although Bam Adebayo has recently been listed as questionable and that may mean another easy win for the Jazz.
NEW: Bam Adebayo added to Heat injury report for Friday's game vs. Jazz. And latest on Tyler Herro’s status https://t.co/CFaK4jarxy Avery Bradley remains out— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) February 25, 2021
Regardless of whether Adebayo plays, Utah has a big advantage on the Heat and Gobert typically does very well against Adebayo. If he doesn’t play, and because Meyers Leonard is out for the year we may see a lot of Kelly Olynyk and Precious Achiuwa.
When: 6PM MST
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
TV: AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain
Radio: 1280 AM/97.5 FM
What to watch for
How much do the Jazz win by?
The Jazz are just silly good right now and they’ve beaten the Heat by double-digits the last two games. Because this is the front end of a back to back, it would be good for them to put this one away early, if possible.
The Heat are playing better as of late. Jimmy Butler scored 27 in the Heat’s last game against the Toronto Raptors, for example.
But this isn’t your typcial opponent. To beat Utah, Miami will have to play at a playoff contender level for 48 minutes and stop any sort of Jazz run. That’s what has made this Utah Jazz so lethal. These games will be close and then out of nowhere Utah will go on a 9-0 run that balloons to a 14-2 run and they’ll do it in minutes with a combination of incredible shooting and defense headed by Rudy Gobert. It’s fun for fans of the Jazz and it’s ... un-fun ... for everyone else. Let’s see if the Jazz can do what they’ve been doing all season again tonight.