Utah visits Miami on 5-game road slide

Utah Jazz (27-33, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Miami Heat (33-26, eighth in the Eastern Conference)

Miami; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Utah travels to Miami looking to stop its five-game road losing streak.

The Heat have gone 15-13 at home. Miami is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 32.6 defensive rebounds per game led by Bam Adebayo averaging 8.3.

The Jazz are 9-22 on the road. Utah ranks third in the NBA with 12.7 offensive rebounds per game led by Walker Kessler averaging 2.5.

The Heat are shooting 46.4% from the field this season, 2.0 percentage points lower than the 48.4% the Jazz allow to opponents. The Jazz score 7.8 more points per game (117.5) than the Heat give up to opponents (109.7).

The teams meet for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Dec. 30 the Jazz won 117-109 led by 22 points from Collin Sexton, while Adebayo scored 28 points for the Heat.

TOP PERFORMERS: Adebayo is averaging 20.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Heat. Duncan Robinson is averaging 2.7 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Miami.

John Collins is scoring 14.3 points per game and averaging 8.5 rebounds for the Jazz. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 20.7 points and 6.9 rebounds over the last 10 games for Utah.

LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 7-3, averaging 110.0 points, 43.4 rebounds, 26.3 assists, 8.7 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.7 points per game.

Jazz: 3-7, averaging 116.7 points, 46.0 rebounds, 28.4 assists, 7.7 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.4 points.

INJURIES: Heat: Josh Richardson: out (shoulder), Tyler Herro: out (knee), Dru Smith: out for season (knee), Kevin Love: out (heel).

Jazz: Walker Kessler: day to day (foot).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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