Making on a bet on this NBA game featuring the Heat versus the Jazz? Tip off is at at 5:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on KJZZ. The game will be played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City, UT. The Heat come into this non-conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 227 points.
MIAMI HEAT VS UTAH JAZZ BETTING PICK
The Pick: Miami Heat -1.5
This game will be played at Delta Center at 5:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE MIAMI HEAT:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-107 in favor of the Heat.
- Our projections have Tyler Herro finishing with Tyler Herro points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Heat finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.2% and knocking down 14 threes.
Taking a Look at the Heat Chances on the Road
With an overall record of 19-12, the Miami Heat travel to take on the Jazz as 1.5-point favorites. When looking at the Eastern Conference standings, the Heat are in 4th place and sit 1st in the Southeast.
So far, Miami has put together four straight wins and will look to make it five in a row today. When playing on the road, the Heat have an average scoring margin of +3.4 points per game compared to +.3 at home. For the season, they are 9-6 on the road.
Miami’s ATS record is currently sitting at 15-15, but they have each of their last four games. As the favorite, the Heat have gone 14-4 this season and have also covered the spread in two straight road games.
This season, a majority of Miami’s games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 227 points. The average over/under line in their games has been 221.7 points, and their OU record for the season is 16-15. In their previous games with higher over/under lines than 227, the Heat have gone 4-3.
In their last game, the Heat scored a total of 114 points against the Warriors. They shot 48.4% from the field and made 10 three-pointers. Jimmy Butler is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 21.5 PPG, while Bam Adebayo is right behind him with a PPG average of 21.8.
In the current season, the Heat defense has excelled, sitting 7th in the NBA by allowing 111.5 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Heat defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.6% while allowing 37.3% from downtown.
Will the Utah Defense Show Up at Home?
As the Jazz get ready to host the Heat, they are 1.5-point underdogs at home. If they are able to cover, it will snap their two-game losing streak. Overall, Utah is 13-19 and in 12th place in the West.
Against the spread, the Jazz have been much better at home this season, going 10-3. Their average scoring margin at home games is +2.8 points per contest.
So far, Utah has been the underdog in 27 of their 32 games and has gone 14-13 against the spread in those games. The average scoring margin for the Jazz as the underdog is -8.4 points.
Their over/under record for the season is 18-13-1, and 13 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 227. The average over/under line in their games has been 230.2 points. The Jazz’s over/under record in games with lower lines than 227 is 7-6.
Against other teams in the Western Conference, the Jazz are just 9-15 for 4th place in the Northwest.
In their last game, the Jazz put up 105 points while shooting 42.4% from the field and making 12 threes. Overall, the Jazz are 26th in the country with a field goal percentage of 45%. In terms of three-pointers, they are 9th in makes and 23rd in percentage.
Looking at the Jazz defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 119.1 points per game (24th). When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Jazz squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.8% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.9% from downtown.