Heat vs. Jazz - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (6-19) at Miami Heat (12-13)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, SUN
The Utah Jazz and Miami Heat play Wednesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Utah Jazz have lost 12 of their last 13 games and play their third straight road game. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 95.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 101.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward leads Utah with 18.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while Enes Kanter is averaging 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Trey Burke is averaging 5.6 assists per game and Alec Burks is shooting 41.1 percent from the field. The Utah Jazz are coming off a Tuesday loss to the New Orleans Pelicans and are struggling defensively, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 48.5 percent from the field. The Jazz have lost nine straight games when allowing 100-plus points. Derrick Favors remains questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
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The Miami Heat have won three of their last five games and hope to stay afloat until Chris Bosh returns. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 98.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.1 points and 5.5 assists while Luol Deng is averaging 14.1 points and 4.9 rebounds. Mario Chalmers is averaging 4.3 assists and Shawne Williams is shooting 45.5 percent from the field. The Miami Heat are coming off a big Tuesday win over the Brooklyn Nets and need to continue playing that scrappy style of ball until they get healthy again. Defense is the key for the Heat, as they held the Nets to 39 percent shooting and have won seven of their last eight games SU when allowing less than 100 points.
The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Heat are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest. The Jazz are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Miami and 5-14 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall.
The Jazz simply haven't had much success against the Heat either SU or against the number. Miami is also playing a home game in the first time in what feels like forever. Look for Wade and company to carry Miami to another win and cover.