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Game Preview: Heat wrap up road trip in Utah

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This will be Miami’s final game before the All-Star break. Here’s everything you need to know about the Heat-Jazz.

Utah Jazz v Miami Heat Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (35-18) are hoping to end their 5-game west road trip before the All-Star break with a win as the visit the Utah Jazz (35-18). The Heat are currently 1-3 on this trip, coming off a win against the Warriors.

Miami has integrated both Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala into the rotation, and they will be without Meyers Leonard and Tyler Herro who are both in Miami receiving treatment for injuries. Without Leonard, the Heat have a much harder task to handle All-Star Rudy Gobert. The Heat beat the Jazz in Miami back in December, but this should be a great matchup.

The Jazz are lead in scoring by Donovan Mitchell at 24.3 PPG and Jimmy Butler will take the primary lead on guarding him. This is one game where Duncan Robinson may be able to survive defensively — as his primary assignments would be Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles. They are both capable scorers and shooters but don’t power and explosive players that have seen Robinson be a weak link.

The X-Factor in all of this is Mike Conley. He’s been working his way back to who he is capable of being, a game-changing PG. But he’s listed as questionable for this game.

FiveThirtyEight has the Heat with just a 28% chance to win tonight.

Probable Starters:

Heat:

  • Jimmy Butler
  • Derrick Jones Jr.
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Kendrick Nunn

Jazz:

  • Bojan Bogdanovic
  • Joe Ingles
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Mike Conley

Broadcast Info:

Game time: 9:00pm

TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson)

Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)

Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)