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Game #36: Miami Heat (18-17) vs. Utah Jazz (20-17)

After the total abomination of a game that the Heat played yesterday in L.A., I'm sure the team is looking for a very quick-fix, bounce-back type of game tonight in Utah.  The Jazz have done a good job of defending their home-court this season with a 13-6 record, but recently they have struggled at home, winning just 2 of their last 5 at the EnergySolutions Arena. 

The Heat have had success both against the Jazz overall and in Utah.  Miami has won 4 straight games in the series and has also won 4 of the last 5 games played in Utah.  Take that for what its worth.  Remember, nobody would've given the Heat much of a chance heading into the game in Phoenix the other night, but Miami had some success on the road against the Suns in the past, and look what happened. 

When these teams met in Miami a few weeks ago it was something of a defensive battle, mainly because both teams struggled on the offensive side of the court.  The first half of that game was the lowest scoring half in the NBA this season (Miami led 32-30) and the Heat ended up holding the Jazz to just 70 points, their lowest point total of the year.  That being the case, should Miami put up another stinker they've already got an excuse to fall back on.

GAME NOTES

  • The Heat are 1-3 this season on the 2nd night of back-to-backs. 
  • As I mentioned, the Jazz have lost 3 of 5 at home.  They have also lost 4 of their last 6 games overall. 
  • The Heat have faced a couple amazing point guards in their last two games, and now they get to deal with Deron Williams, playing his 2nd game back after missing a couple games with a bruised right wrist. 
  • Guard Ronnie Prince is questionable for Utah with a shoulder injury.
  • Utah is coming off a game in which they committed a season-low 4 turnovers, and they are averaging 105.7 points in their last 3 games. 
  • In his career, Dwyane Wade is 10-1 against the Jazz.

Tipoff from Salt Lake City is set for 9pm.  Get ready for a day full of wondering which team will show up, Miami or the Heat.  To clarify that, here is the D-Wade quote from after the Clippers game that is going to stay with me for a while.

"We came out very flat.  It's a sign of the two teams that we have. We've had two teams all year. We've got 'Miami' and we've got the 'Heat.' This was Miami."