Jazz vs. Heat - 12/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (10-12) at Utah Jazz (6-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -1.5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, ROOT
The Miami Heat and Utah Jazz play Friday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Miami Heat have lost five of their last six games and wrap up a five-game road trip. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 98.7 points on 48 percent shooting. Chris Bosh leads Miami with 21.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while Dwyane Wade is averaging 20.8 points and 5.8 assists. Luol Deng is shooting 49.3 percent from the field and Mario Chalmers is averaging 4.4 assists per game. The Miami Heat are struggling mightily on the defensive end, allowing teams to shoot 52.1 percent from the field and 48.2 percent from deep in their last five games. The Heat are 1-9 SU this season when allowing 100 or more points. However, six of Miami’s 10 wins have come on the road. Josh McRoberts is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
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The Utah Jazz have lost nine of their last 10 games and are getting ready for a six-game road trip. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 96.2 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 102.1 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward leads Utah with 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.2 points and 8.5 rebounds. Trey Burke is averaging 5.8 assists per game and Alec Burks is shooting 40.9 percent from the field. The Utah Jazz have had trouble defensively all year and are allowing teams to shoot 49.5 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep in their last five games. The Jazz have lost seven straight games when allowing 100 or more points but are coming off a win over the Spurs where they held them to 4-20 shooting from deep.
The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
This line opened up with Utah being the underdog, and I'm not sure why the public is pounding the Jazz. While neither team is playing great defense, the Heat have more offensive weapons and seem to have more to play for in this matchup. The Heat have to win this game before things get too out of hand. I love the plus money here.