Miami Heat at Utah Jazz - 12/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (6-12) at Utah Jazz (11-8)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -10 -- Over/Under: 189 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Utah Jazz square off Thursday night in a NBA contest at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Miami Heat look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 96.1 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Hassan Whiteside is averaging 17.3 points and 15.1 rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.3 points and 6.6 assists. Dion Waiters is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Utah Jazz hope to stay hot while building on their solid four-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 98.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 93.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 21.4points and 3.8 assists while George Hill is averaging 20 points and 3.5 rebounds. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 11.1 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won three straight home games.
The Heat are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Jazz are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
I can't lay this sort of number with the Jazz due to their style of play and lack of overall blowouts. Utah usually plays it close and grinds out victories. Instead, I'm siding with the over. Both of these teams are defensive minded and scoring can be ugly at times, but this total seems way too low. After all, the over is 17-8-1 in the last 26 meetings between the Heat and Jazz.