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Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz Point Spread Pick

Time: 9 PM EST Saturday February 8, 2014, Sun Sports (Miami), ROOT (Utah)

Location: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Jazz host the Miami Heat in a non-conference match up.

In their last games: Miami beat the L.A. Clippers 116-112 and the Jazz lost to the Dallas Mavericks 103-81.

In their win over the Clippers Miami withstood a late comeback attempt and Blake Griffin’s 43-point effort. In the game the Heat shot 52.6% from the floor and the Clippers only shot 43%.

In their bad loss to the Mavs the Jazz only shot 40% from the floor and they only got the free throw line hitting 7 of their shots from the charity stripe.

Earlier this season in Miami the Heat easily beat the Jazz 117-94.


Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The home team has covered the spread in the last 4 games between these 2 teams.

In the last 7 games between these 2 teams the Over record of 5-1-1.

The Heat are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games against the Jazz.

The Heat have won 3 straight and 8 of their last 10 games and the Jazz have lost 4 in a row and are 3-7 in their last 10 games.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Miami -8.5
Total Line: 198
Money Line: Heat -550 / Jazz +425

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Miami Heat: 35-13 SU / 21-27 ATS
Utah Jazz: 16-33 SU / 21-25-3 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• MIA is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• MIA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• MIA has an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 road games.
• UTAH is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• UTAH is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
• UTAH has an Under record of 4-0-1 in their last 5 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Miami Heat: 95.22
Utah Jazz: 85.78

Key Player Injuries

[G] 02/07/2014 – Dwyane Wade Probable Saturday vs. Utah ( Knee )

[F] 02/07/2014 – Jeremy Evans Questionable Saturday vs. Miami ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

The Heat are actually a better bet on the road than they are at home and are on a 4-1 straight up and ATS run. Short analysis, but it’s one of those “if Miami shows up, they’ll cover” type games.
Take the Miami Heat –9

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