UTAH vs MIAMI 12/2/2018 Odds, Picks & Preview

The UTAH and the MIAMI will both be gunning for a victory on 12/2/2018 at 6:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

UTAH JAZZ vs MIAMI HEAT
When: 6:00 PM  ET, Sunday, December 2, 2018
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

ROT TEAM PS OU ML
707 UTAH 3.5 (-110) 209.5 (-110) -165
145
708 MIAMI

TV: 6:05 PM
LINE: 3.5
PREDICTION: MIAMI , UTAH

Oddsmakers currently have the MIAMI listed as 3.5 point favorites versus the UTAH, while the game’s total is sitting at 209.5.

The road is serving the Utah Jazz well so far, with the team taking the first two stops of a three-game trip over Brooklyn and Charlotte. The Jazz can get back to .500 for the first time in over two weeks and sweep the road trip when they visit the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Utah held the Nets to 34.9 percent from the floor in a 101-91 win on Wednesday but needed to outshoot Charlotte to earn a 119-111 victory Friday, and coach Quin Snyder would prefer his team not rely on its offense to win games. “We need to hang our hat on the defensive end,” Snyder told reporters. “I’m glad the ball went in, but we need to keep getting stops.” The Heat are winners of three of their last 11 games but are coming off one of those victories – a 106-101 triumph over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. “We took care of the ball better,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. “We had better game management in the course of the game, when we had an opportunity to extend the lead and slow it down without pulling the air out of the ball.”

TV: 6 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah), FS Sun (Miami)

ABOUT THE JAZZ (11-12): Utah knocked down 18 3-pointers in Friday’s win, with veteran shooter Kyle Korver making an immediate impact. Korver, 37, was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the week for his second career stint with the Jazz and knocked down 4-of-6 from beyond the arc en route to 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench in his debut. “I just wanted to come out and be aggressive,” Korver told reporters. “I knew what I was doing maybe a quarter of the time.”

ABOUT THE HEAT (8-13): Miami shooting guard Josh Richardson is shooting 34.5 percent from the floor over the last three games and missed a game-winning 3-point attempt in a 115-113 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop him from attempting big shots again on Friday. Richardson’s floater in the final minute helped the Heat hang on and avoid squandering a lead that reached 31 points in the second quarter. “That’s what he’s become,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade told reporters of Richardson. “Shoot an airball, miss another one – it don’t matter. The ball is in your hand. If the team don’t believe in you, then they would hide you somewhere. We put the ball in his hand, so he understands the confidence that we have in him.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Heat PG Goran Dragic (knee) is expected to miss his seventh straight game on Sunday.

2. Utah SG Donovan Mitchell is averaging 29.5 points on 24-of-46 shooting in two games since returning from a rib injury.

3. Miami took the last three in the series, including both meetings last season.

PREDICTION: Heat 103, Jazz 98

Tony’s Pick TEAM
UTAH -165

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