Miami Heat (11-15) at Utah Jazz (13-15)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -6.5 -- Over/Under: 210 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Heat and Utah Jazz meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Miami Heat look for a big road victory after winning four of their last six games. The Miami Heat are averaging 108.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 18.8 points and 3.4 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 15.3 points and 4.9 assists. Dwyane Wade is the third double-digit scorer and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 13.7 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.8 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have split their last six road games.
The Utah Jazz could use a nice home win after splitting their last eight games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 107.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.8 points and 3.3 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.8 points and 12.3 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won four of their last six home games.
The Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 27-11 ATS in their last 38 Wednesday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The underdog is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Heat last 6 overall. The over is 7-1 in Jazz last 8 home games.
The Utah Jazz are simply not playing with much consistency, as the defense has fallen off, especially at home where they're outscoring teams by just one point on the season. The Miami Heat have played their best ball of the season on this west coast road trip and others are stepping up with the absence of Hassan Whiteside. The Heat beat the Jazz about a week ago and have actually won their last four meetings against Utah. Given the Heat are playing their best ball over the last week, I'll take a stab with the points in this contest.