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HHH GameTime Preview: Miami Heat to host Utah Jazz in a possible trap game

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Another lottery team passes by Miami but will the Heat look past them because of their Wednesday rematch against the Indiana Pacers?

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We might not see a quick start from the Miami Heat (17-6) on Monday night as they take on the Utah Jazz (6-20) at the AmericanAirlines Arena starting 7:30pm.

That's because the Heat have a well-known history of playing down to their opposition and the Jazz are currently fighting with the Milwaukee Bucks in the battle for the league's worst team. Even more troubling is the fact that despite having a roster full of experienced veterans who should know better, there's no way they're not thinking of revenge because their next game is on Wednesday for a rematch against the Indiana Pacers at the AA Arena.

But first, the business at hand is to take care of the Jazz quickly and efficiently so that the starters can rest. While they are one game ahead of the Bucks and only the Bucks in the standings, they went 2-2 last week and have won 5 of the past 11 games. Remember, they've only won 6 games so far this season. They opened the season 0-9 on the road but have won three of their past four away from Salt Lake City.

Some of that has been attributed to the play of rookie point guard Trey Burke, who missed the first part of the season due to injury but has quickly acclimated himself to the NBA game with 15.0 points, 7.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 turnovers per game average in his last five games. Of course, on a team like this there are plenty of opportunities to fill the box score but there's no question he pairs up with Gordon Hayward, who is averaging a team-leading 17.2 points per game, to form a dangerous scoring tandem.

The Heat are an underwhelming 2-3 against the Jazz during the "Big 3" era but those Jazz teams featured the likes of Deron Williams, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, who once scored 11 points in 28 seconds against the Heat in 2010 with a career-high 46 point performance to win the game in overtime. This season's Jazz team lost all but one of their first 13 games.

The Jazz have no injuries to report and the Heat will again not be able to count on Michael Beasley's services, with the reserve now to miss his sixth game with a hamstring injury.

For more on the Jazz, make sure to check out SLC Dunk.