2010 NBA Picks Heat vs Jazz NBA Odds – December 8th, 2010: The surging Miami Heat are in Utah tonight looking to extend their current win streak to six games. The task will not be an easy one with the Jazz coming into this evening's East/West showdown with a 16-6 record. EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City will serve as host for tonight's action, which is scheduled to tip off at 9:00pm ET. 2010 NBA Picks at online sportsbook Bodog.com have the Heat listed as a -1 against the spread road favorite and the game total set at 190.
The speculation has subsided…the rumors have hit the curb, finally, because the Heat are starting to live up to their preseason billing. Miami won its fifth straight game on Monday with a 88-78 victory at Milwaukee to improve to 14-8 on the season and close to within a game and a half of the first place Magic in the Southeast standings.
The Heat stumbled out to an unexpected 9-8 start, causing many to question LeBron James' 'decision' and speculate about the security of Head Coach Erik Spoelstra's job. Those issues are starting to hit the back-burner now as James and company have held their opposition to an average of 82.4 points per game during their current win streak.
In addition to its newly found defensive prowess, Miami's big three may be developing an offensive balance. The last five games have seen Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and James average 23, 18.8, and 25 points respectively.
Utah started the season 0-2, but quickly moved past the issues that led to the early face plant. The Jazz have won eight of their last nine, losing only to the red hot Mavericks, and they own a two game lead over the Nuggets and Thunder in the Northwest Division.
The Jazz, which are led by point guard Deron Williams (21.8 points, 10 assists per game), are 9-4 at home this season, but they have won six of their last seven at EnergySolutions Arena, including a 94-85 win over the Grizzlies on Monday night. Utah has outscored its visiting opposition by an average of 99.3 to 88.6 during that seven game span.
2010 NBA Picks Betting Trend: The Jazz are 7-2-1 against the spread and 7-3 straight up in their last 10 games as a home dog with a spread between 0 and 3.5.
Miami Heat -1 (-110), Over 190 (-110)
Utah Jazz +1 (-110), Under 190 (-110)
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