Stephen Nover's NBA Thursday Top Ticket
Miami vs. Utah,
12/01/2016 21:00 EDT,
Score: 111 - 110
Point Spread: -9½/-110 Utah
Kudos to Miami for pulling off a road upset against the Nuggets on Wednesday. That was a gutty victory by the Heat, who were down three rotation players with Dion Waiters, Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson all injured. None are going to play today.
So it's asking too much for the Heat to stay competitive with the Jazz while playing for the third time in four days - all at different venues - and in back-to-back games both in high altitude. Miami has failed to cover six of the last seven times it has played without rest.
On the surface, it seems this is a lot of points for Utah to still lay. But the Jazz are playing their best basketball winners of four in a row. The Jazz have won those four games by an average of 20 points with the smallest victory margin being nine points.
Utah is 9-2 ATS the last 11 times when going against a foe that has a winning percentage below .400. The 6-12 Heat have only beaten one team, Memphis, that has a winning record.
Hassan Whiteside is Miami's best player. But he's dealing with a sore knee. Utah's Rudy Gobbert, who has 11 double-doubles on the season and is shooting better than 63 percent from the floor, is one of the few big men who can neutralize Whiteside.