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Utah Jazz vs Miami Heat 12/31/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Miami Heat (18-18) vs. Utah Jazz (19-18)
December 31, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Jazz -3.5; Over/Under: -
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The Miami Heat invade the Vivint Arena to do battle with the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

The Miami Heat have been in decent shape as they’ve won six of their last nine games overall, but they will be looking to bounce back here after getting stopped by the Nuggets in a 124-119 road loss last night. Tyler Herro led the team with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Bam Adebayo added 22 points with seven rebounds and four steals while Max Strus provided the spark off the bench with 19 points. As a team, the Heat shot 44 percent from the field and 14 of 35 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in control when they led by nine points late in the third quarter, but they let it all slip in the fourth quarter where the Nuggets exploded for 39 points to snatch the game from them in a tight finish.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have been in a real funk as they’ve lost five of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling painfully short to the Kings in a 126-125 loss last night. Lauri Markkanen led the team with 36 points on 16 of 24 shooting, Jordan Clarkson added 25 points with nine assists while Mike Conley chipped in with 17 points and eight assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 54 percent from the field and eight of 32 from the 3-point line as they worked to hard claw their way back from a 10-point deficit to lead with just seconds left on the clock, until the Kings’ Kevin Huerter drained the game-winner with just 9.0 seconds remaining.

Looking at the betting trends, the Heat are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest while the Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days’ rest.  

Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall.

The Heat are going to be shorthanded again as Dewayne Dedmon and Victor Oladipo are both out, while the Jazz don’t have any players listed on the injury report at the moment. The Heat certainly come into this one as the team in better form and they were on a nice run before getting stopped by the red-hot Nuggets last night. It’s always tough to play on zero days’ rest, but the Heat have continued to surprise teams despite all their injuries and I think they can pull off the minor upset on the road.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Miami +3.5

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