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Jazz visit Heat in hoops battle

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Dec 22, 7:30 PM | AmericanAirlines Arena

Utah Jazz vs Miami Heat Odds

14-13TEAM RECORD17-6

The Heat will try to cover the spread at AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Jazz in basketball action.

The Heat bring a 17-6 record (12-11 ATS) to the battle against the 14-13 Jazz, who are 12-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 12-11 so far and the Jazz go 13-13-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Miami opened as 10-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 201 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 16-rated Jazz taking on the No. 12-rated Heat in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 105-100 win for the Heat on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 4-ranked offense (103.4 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 19 at 99 PPG. The Heat have averaged 49.7% from the field per game, more than the Jazz have managed so far this season (44.6% on average).

Defensively, the Jazz feature the league's No. 23-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.2 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

Utah was a 104-84 loser in its last match on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 188 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Utah was crushed on Wednesday, getting run out of the gym by Indiana and falling 104-84 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

In their last action, Miami was a 110-95 winner on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (205) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Heat got 24 points from LeBron James as Miami ran past Dallas 110-95 on Thursday at American Airlines Center.

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Orlando are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Oklahoma City are 9-1
After playing Dallas are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few Jazz at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Utah's last 8 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Utah's last 17 games when playing Miami
Utah is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Miami is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Utah
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games

Next up:
Utah at Orlando, Sunday, December 23
Miami home to Oklahoma City, Tuesday, December 25

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