Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz Matchup Preview (11/13/2021)
By Max Heering
The 7-5 Miami Heat will be playing the 8-4 Utah Jazz on the road on Saturday afternoon. Both of these teams are coming off losses. The Heat lost their last game 112-109 to the Los Angeles Clippers. They played without Jimmy Butler, and his absence was noticeable. Bam Adebayo led the Heat in scoring with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Lowry contributed 25 points, and Tyler Herro threw in 23 points. The Heat outrebounded the Clippers 50-42 but turned the ball over a few more times than the Clippers.
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The Utah Jazz lost their last game to the Indiana Pacers 111-100. Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring with 26 points. Rudy Gobert had a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double. The Jazz bench struggled to score and only had 37 points. The Jazz only took 83 shots compared to the Pacers’ 96 shots. That would be because the Pacers grabbed an impressive 15 offensive rebounds in that game and outrebounded the Jazz 53-37 as a whole. The Jazz also struggled from the free-throw line, only hitting 56.5%of their free throws.
Heat vs. Jazz Predictions
Jimmy Butler is currently listed as day-to-day. If he plays against the Jazz, the Heat have a chance to win the game against this tough Jazz team.
Even though the Jazz lost their last game, they are still an absolutely dominant regular-season team. They are currently sitting at third in the Western Conference, but I see them overtaking the Phoenix Suns for the second spot soon. That push for second tonight with a win against the Heat. Jazz has the advantage of playing at home with their very loud fans. They also have a fully healthy team.
This game will be a battle but the Jazz will be victorious.