Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat - 2/8/14
Miami Heat (35-13) at Utah Jazz (16-32)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +8.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
Lebron James and the Miami Heat travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
Head to head, the Heat are 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings while the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The Jazz are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Heat on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
(Please note that this was written before Utah's game against Dallas tonight)
While it seems like the Miami Heat have been coasting lately, they have still won eight of their past 10 games following their 116-112 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. The way the Eastern Conference is shaping up this season, there is virtually no chance that Miami doesn't finish with either the first or second seed come playoff time as the third place Raptors are nearly 10 games behind them in the standings. And let's be realistic, the Raptors aren't catching up to the Heat, no chance of that happening.
The Utah Jazz got the new year off to a positive start, however, things have changed since then as they come into tonight's game having dropped three straight and five of seven overall. While the Jazz had been in a nice groove offensivly over the last couple of weeks, they have really fallen off during their losing streak as they have been held to 90 points or under in each of those losses.
The Jazz can surprise teams from time to time and this could be one of those nights. However, on their current form, you would think that it would be unlikely and those five losses they have suffered recently have come by an average of 15 points per game. So it's not like they have been losing by a couple of points, most of their losses lately have been in blowout fashion. It wouldn't surprise me to see this one be a close battle, but I have to take Lebron James and company here...
Dan’s Pick: Miami -8.5
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