Tonight the Miami Heat (28-7) make their way to Utah to take on the Jazz (16-18) in the 2nd game of a 3 game road trip. Lately, playing back to back games hasn’t affected the Heat and I don’t expect it to tonight. Miami is looking for their 10th straight win, but more impressively, their 10th straight win over double-digits.
Shane Battier will start in place of Chris Bosh again, who isn’t expected to return until Saturday against the Lakers. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will have to shoulder the load again, but will need help from the supporting cast. Miami is playing great team basketball and expect that continue against a re-building Jazz team. The Heat are 13-5 on the road while Utah is 13-6 at home. The Heat have also won 6 straight road games, which have all come during the winning streak.
Utah is led by Paul Millsap and Devin Harris, Derron Williams’ replacement. They’re only 2 games below .500, but they are definitely a re-building team. Other players the Heat need to watch out for are C.J. Miles, Gordon Hayward, and Josh Howard. The Jazz are coming off a good win in Houston.
The Jazz have told the media that Gordon Heyward will spend some time guarding LeBron (good luck) and that the team will be very aggressive defensively. Miami’s offense is too potent for the Jazz to handle, but at least they have a plan.
Miami is looking for their 10th straight win and will probably get it tonight barring any huge mistakes or a monster game from Utah. The Heat need to keep playing the way they have been and impose their will on the Jazz. They are already intimidated and will probably crack once the Heat get hot. Tune in tomorrow for post-game analysis!