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Miami Heat vs Utah Jazz Preview and Predictions -02-12-2020

The Utah Jazz will host the Miami Heat in an inter-conference showdown Wednesday night from the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Heat came through with a 113-101 road win over the Warriors on Monday night, and the Jazz posted a 123-119 road win over the Mavericks in their Monday action. Miami registered a 107-104 home win over the Jazz in the lone meeting in December.

Heat End Slide as Long Road Trip Continues

The Miami Heat will be playing the fifth game of a long six-game road trip in this one. They have not fared well so far. They lost the first three games of the road trip and rebounded with a convincing 113-101 road win against the Warriors on Monday night to cover the seven-point spread. The Heat stand at 5-5 in their last ten games overall.

Jimmy Butler made his return on Monday night after missing a few games with a shoulder injury and scored 21 points. The 30-year old small forward has scored at least 20 points in four out of his last five games and has compiled an average of 20.5 PPG and 6.8 RPG. Jae Crowder has fared well in his first two games in a Heat uniform, accumulating a combined 39 points. The veteran small forward is posting 10.3 PPG and 6.3 RPG. Bam Adebayo continues to make a big impact and has picked up the double-double in three out of his last four games. The 22-year old power forward has lifted his season average to 16 PPG and 10.4 RPG.

The Heat are carrying a 13-15 road record on the season. They are scoring an average of 111.9 points, ranking them 15th overall. Miami’s defense is among the best and they are holding opponents to 108.2 points, good for 11th in the NBA.

Jazz Down Mavs, Seek Fourth Straight Win

The Utah Jazz’are red-hot. They have countered a five-game slide with three consecutive wins propelled by a scoring barrage. The Jazz’ own a 5-5 record in their last ten games overall and coming off a solid 123-119 road win over the Mavericks on Monday night in a clash that had Utah as a one-point dog.

Donovan Mitchell continues to thrive, sinking at least a combined 47 points in his last two games. The 23-year old shooting guard is having a terrific season and is sporting an average of 24.3 PPG and 4.3 APG. Mitchell only scored 13 points in the meeting against the Heat earlier this season. Bojan Bogdanovich collected 23 points in Monday’s winning effort. The 30-year old small forward has reached 20 points in two out of his three clashes overall and owns an average of 21 PPG on 45% shooting. Jordan Clarkson is red-hot, sinking 30 and 25 points respectively in his last two games. The 27-year old point guard is averaging 15.2 PPG.

The Jazz feature a dominant 19-5 on their home floor. They are averaging a solid 111.2 points on the season, ranking them 16th in the NBA. Utah is holding opponents to 107.3 points good for eighth overall.

The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference, Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The franchise began play as an expansion team in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz (as a tribute to New Orleans’ history of originating Jazz music). The Jazz moved to Salt Lake City in 1979.

The Jazz were one of the least successful teams in the league in their early years. Although 10 seasons elapsed before the Jazz qualified for their first playoff appearance in 1984, they did not miss the playoffs again until 2004. During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard–power forward duos in NBA history. Led by coach Jerry Sloan, who took over from Frank Layden in 1988, they became one of the powerhouse teams of the 1990s, culminating in two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998, where they lost both times to the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan.

Both Stockton and Malone moved on in 2003. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons the Jazz returned to prominence under the on-court leadership of point guard Deron Williams. However, partway through the 2010–11 season, the Jazz began restructuring after Sloan’s retirement and Williams’ trade to the New Jersey Nets. Quin Snyder was hired as head coach in June 2014.

Under Snyder’s leadership, the Jazz have experienced success. The franchise qualified for the playoffs for three consecutive years from 2017–2019 with players such as Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley Jr. and Donovan Mitchell as centerpieces.