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GAME PREVIEW: Struggling Heat take on Jazz in rematch

Miami must find a way to turn things around in a so-far disappointing road trip.

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


The Miami Heat (7-5) look to get back to their winning ways with today’s road game against the Utah Jazz (8-4) at the Vivint Arena with an early game at 5:00pm.

This is the second time the Heat and Jazz have met this season, with the Heat winning 118-115 in the first matchup on Nov. 6 at the FTX Arena. Tyler Herro scored 29 points for Miami, while Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 37 points.

So far the Heat are winless during their six-game West Coast trip, one that concludes Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fortunately the Heat have upgraded Jimmy Butler’s status to questionable for today’s game. Markieff Morris remains out after suffering a neck injury in the closing minutes of their loss against the Denver Nuggets.

Utah is 4-1 at home while Miami is just 3-4 on the road this season. The Jazz suffered their first home loss of the season against the Indiana Pacers in their last game, with Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, and Donovan Mitchell all ejected after a scuffle between Gobert and Pacers center Myles Turner with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Gobert and Ingles were fined but not suspended and will be available for today’s game.




  • Victor Oladipo - out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Markieff Morris - out (whiplash)
  • Jimmy Butler - questionable (sprained ankle)


  • Rudy Gay: out (right heel)


Projected Starters

Clippers Position Heat
Clippers Position Heat
Reggie Jackson PG Kyle Lowry
Paul George SG Tyler Herro
Kawhi Leonard SF Jimmy Butler
Marcus Morris Sr. PF Caleb Martin
Ivica Zubac C Bam Adebayo


TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA TV
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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