Utah Jazz vs Miami Heat Prediction, 2/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Miami Heat
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-5.5)
AmericanAirlines Arena is the venue where and the Miami Heat (14-17) will take on the Utah Jazz (25-6) on Friday. Miami opens this matchup as 5.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 227.
The Utah Jazz stepped onto the hardwood against the Los Angeles Lakers and went home with a win by a final score of 114-89 in their last contest. Utah ended the contest having earned a 47.1% FG percentage (41 of 87) and converted 22 of 48 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Jazz knocked down 10 of their 15 shots for a rate of 66.7%. When discussing rebounding, they earned 53 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 28 assists in the game while creating 14 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In reference to the defense, Utah allowed 40.0% from the field on 34 out of 85 shooting. Los Angeles totaled 17 assists and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, Los Angeles pulled down 45 rebounds (12 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Los Angeles finished the game shooting 65.0% at the charity stripe by making 13 of their 20 shots. They also knocked down 8 of their 33 attempts from long range.
Donovan Mitchell is a player who was a major contributor in this contest. He ended up scoring 23 points on 8 out of 17 shooting. He played 33:12 minutes and totaled 4 boards. Mitchell finished the game at 47.1% from the floor and also totaled 8 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Jazz was Mike Conley. He snagged 2 rebounds in 29:20 min on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 36.4% from the floor in this matchup by hitting 4-of-11 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Conley accounted for 5 assists.
Utah enters this matchup with a record of 25-6 for the year. They cough up possession 14.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Utah is pulling in 48.2 boards per game and is sitting with 730 assists on the year, which ranks 21st in the NBA in terms of passing. The Jazz are shooting 39.7% on three-point shots (522 of 1,316) and 78.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 116.0 pts per game (3rd in the league) while hitting 46.9% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Jazz are forcing 11.6 turnovers per game and they draw 19.7 fouls. They concede 35.0% on 3-point shots and they are 3rd in the NBA in opponents points per game (106.4). The Jazz defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 44.2% (360 of 612) and they surrender 41.8 boards per game as a team. They are 4th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 677 surrendered on the campaign.
When they last played, the Miami Heat took home the win by a final score of 116-108 against the Toronto Raptors. The Heat earned 31 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 42 in this contest. They gave up possession 11 times, while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Raptors had 25 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Heat to the free throw line for a total of 29 tries. They were able to make 25 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 86.2%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Miami made 17 out of their 38 tries (44.7%). When all was said and done, the Heat ended up going 37 for 80 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.3%. The Heat permitted the Raptors to convert 37 out of 74 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 50.0% in this game. They went 45.5% from 3-point land by hitting 20 of 44 and ended up going 14 of 17 at the free throw line (82.4%). Concerning rebounding, Miami permitted Toronto to collect 32 in total (3 offensive).
Duncan Robinson ended up being a major contributor for the Heat for the game. He knocked down 8 of 15 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and accumulated 7 rebounds. Robinson totaled 22 points in his 36:55 minutes on the court, but wasn't able to tally an assist. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Miami was Kendrick Nunn. He came away with 9 dimes in his 41:00 mins played, and he knocked down 7 of 18 from the floor. Nunn wrapped this one up going 38.9% from the field as well as totaling 20 points and 5 boards.
Miami has a record of 14-17 for the campaign. Miami has scored 3,313 points this year (106.9 per game) and they collect 42.6 boards per contest. The Heat have committed 19.7 personal fouls per contest and they go 78.7% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Heat are connecting on 46.3% from the field, which has them ranked 14th in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.0 times per game (10th in basketball) and they turn it over 16.3 times per game. The Heat are ranked 6th in the NBA in PPG given up with 109.4. They relinquish 25.3 dimes and 43.9 total boards per game, which has them ranked 21st and 15th in the NBA. The Miami defense allows 36.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (467 of 1,270) and opponents are connecting on 77.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.8% from the field (4th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Miami (+5.5) and over 227 points
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