Heat set to host the Jazz

USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat will look to win their 4th straight game Saturday when they host the Utah Jazz at American Airlines arena.

For the first time this season, the Miami Heat are the number 1 seed in the eastern conference. They'll look to extend their half a game lead over the New York Knicks on Saturday but might be without All Star center, Chris Bosh.

It will be interesting to see what lineup Erik Spoelstra will decide to use, if Bosh can't suit up. I would imagine Joel Anthony would get the nod at center but the Jazz have one of the larger front courts in the NBA and the trio of Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will be handful regardless.

After starting the season fairly slow on the defensive end, the Heat have picked it up, holding opponents to just 89.7 points in their last six games and allowing just 39% in shooting over their three game winning streak.

"We know each other. We can close our eyes and (know) where we're going to be offensively and defensively." - LeBron James said

Key Notes

  • LeBron James has scored 20 or more points in the first 23 games this season, the first player to do so since Karl Malone in 1989
  • The Jazz averaged 109.0 points in winning four of six to open December, but they've scored just 86.5 points per game in their last four while falling to 5-11 on the road.
  • Utah snapped an eight game losing streak at Miami in its last visit.

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2012/2013 NBA Season
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December 22, 2012
AmericanAirlines Arena
7:00 PM
Sun Sports/790 AM
Probable Starters
Mario Chalmers PG Mo Williams
Dwyane Wade SG Randy Foye
LeBron James SF Marvin Williams
Udonis Haslem PF Paul Millsap
Chris Bosh C Al Jefferson
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