Heat vs Jazz Prediction - NBA Picks 12/30/23

Utah Jazz (13-19) vs Miami Heat (19-12)

Game Info: Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm (Delta Center)

Betting Odds: Utah Jazz +2.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Miami Heat travel to the Delta Center to do battle with the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. Here’s a Heat vs Jazz Prediction.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have been in fine form as they've won seven of their last nine games overall and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after routing the Warriors in a 114-102 road win on Thursday. Tyler Herro led the team with 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting, Jamal Cain added 18 points off the bench while Bam Adebayo and Jaime Jacquez Jr each scored 17 points. As a team, the Heat shot 48 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they caught fire with 36 points in the second quarter to take the narrow lead into halftime, before they made another push in the third quarter to lead by as many as 22 points. Defensively, the Heat did a great job of keeping a lid on the Warriors' Stephen Curry who shot just three of 15 from the field.

Utah Jazz

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have been on a decent run also as they've won six of their last nine games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting beaten by the Pelicans in a 112-105 road defeat on Thursday. Collin Sexton led the team with 26 points, Lauri Markkanen added 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Walker Kessler chipped in with 11 points on five of five shooting. As a team, the Jazz shot just 42 percent from the field and 12 of 39 from the 3-point line as they fought hard to erase an early 11-point deficit, only to give the lead back in the third quarter as they just didn't get enough scoring from their role players. John Collins scored just eight points while Keyonte George scored just four points on one of seven shooting off the bench. Utah will meet Dallas and Detroit after this one.

Utah Jazz Player Facts

  • Lauri Markkanen ranks 1st amongst qualified Centers for three-pointers made Per Game (3.2) this season.
  • John Collins ranks 4th amongst qualified Centers for 3P% (39.6%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Jazz rank 1st in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (13.3).
  • The Jazz rank 30th in the league for turnovers per game this season (16.7).
  • The Heat rank 30th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.1).
  • The Heat rank 1st in the league for three-point percentage this season (39.3%).

Heat vs Jazz Prediction

The Heat will probably be shorthanded once again with Josh Richardson, Caleb Martin and Jaime Jacquez Jr all listed as questionable, while the Jazz are coming into this one with a full squad. The Heat have continued to string together wins despite the growing injury list, but things are about to get a little tougher with Jacquez Jr likely to sit out. This looks like a good spot for the Jazz to steal a win here, but we've seen it all season and I think we'll see it again with the Heat pulling out another win despite being shorthanded.


The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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