What to watch for February 26, 2021: Utah Jazz at Miami Heat

The Utah Jazz begin their final road trip before All-Star Weekend with a trip to Miami to take on Jimmy Butler and the Heat
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Bojan Bogdanovic (44) backs down Tyler Herro (14)

Bojan Bogdanovic (44) backs down Tyler Herro (14)

The Utah Jazz had a statement win over the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night, beating them 114-89 in Salt Lake City. The Jazz will travel to Miami to take on the Heat at 6PM MST at American Airlines Arena.

Jazz vs Heat Throwback:

The Jazz lead the all-time head-to-head matchup with the Miami Heat 38-29. Earlier this season, the Jazz added a mark in the win column in the 67th game played between these two teams all time. During the last two years, Utah and Miami have split their series against each other. The Jazz will look to end that streak with a victory in game number 68.

Just under two weeks ago, the Jazz welcomed the Heat to Vivint Smart Home Arena where Utah would win their seventh game in a row 112-94. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 26-points while Joe Ingles chipped in 6-assists.

Key Players:

This matchup will all depend on if Bam Adebayo is healthy enough to go against the Jazz tonight. Adebayo and Rudy Gobert are two of the best centers in the NBA. If that injury doesn't affect Adebayo enough to be held out of the game, look for this to be a top matchup later this evening.

The Stifle Tower led the Jazz in scoring against the Lakers with 18-points two nights ago. Gobert also leads the Jazz with 13.3 rebounds per game, and 2.8 blocks per game. He is likely to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the third time in his career, and he was also named as an All-Star Reserve for the NBA All-Star Game.

Rudy Gobert (27) dunks over Bam Adebayo (13)

Rudy Gobert (27) dunks over Bam Adebayo (13)

Adebayo leads the Heat with 19.6-points per game, 9.6-rebounds per game, and 1-block per game. He had a good game last time out against the Jazz, finishing with 14-points and 10-rebounds.  

Fun Facts:

Once again, the Jazz will don their white uniforms during their game against the Miami Heat. Utah is 11-3 this season when wearing their Association uniforms with their last win, and last loss in the jerseys coming against the Los Angeles Clippers.

There will be three people representing the Utah Jazz in the 2021 NBA All-Star game on March 7 in Atlanta, Georgia. First, Head Coach Quin Snyder will be leading Team LeBron as the coaching representative for the Western Conference. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert will also take part in the All-Star Game, being named as reserve players on Tuesday night.

The Jazz broke an NBA record on Monday and Wednesday nights, knocking down a combined 50-three pointers during the two games. They also set a franchise record against the New Orleans Hornets earlier in the week with 28-three pointers in a single game, one three-pointer shy of tying the NBA record set by the Milwaukee Bucks in December 2020.

The Utah Jazz shellacked the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, resulting in a 114-89 victory. Utah is still at the top of the NBA standings with a 26-6 record. They lead the Los Angeles Clippers by four games, the Los Angeles Lakers by four and a half games, and the Phoenix Suns by five and a half games in the Western Conference. They also lead the Philadelphia 76ers by four and a half games, and the Brooklyn Nets by five games in the Eastern Conference. The Jazz have won twenty-two of their last twenty-four games, going on streaks of 11-wins and 9-wins between their last three-losses.

The Heat are 4-0 in their last four games, and 4-3 dating back to their loss against the Jazz on February 13. Their last four wins have come against the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Toronto Raptors. Miami's three losses have come against the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, and Golden State Warriors.

The Jazz once again have Udoka Azubuike listed as out on their injury report for their game against the Heat. Miami has a few different players on the injury report. Gabe Vincent is listed as day-to-day, Tyler Herro is questionable with a hip injury, Bam Adebayo is questionable with a knee injury, Avery Bradley is out with a calf injury, and Meyers Leonard is out with a season ending left shoulder injury.

How to Consume:

The Jazz will take on the Miami Heat on February 26 at 6pm in American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The matchup will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and radio broadcast on 97.5FM or 1280AM. 

Joe Ingles (2) shoots a three-pointer over Kelly Olynyk (9)

Joe Ingles (2) shoots a three-pointer over Kelly Olynyk (9)

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