The Miami Heat have won 16 consecutive games against Western Conference opponents dating back to last season, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Monday as they prepare to take on the Utah Jazz at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Sports bettors will find that the Heat are 12.5-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 199 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at this nonconference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.
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The Utah Jazz have compiled a 5-7 record since rookie point guard Trey Burke landed in the starting lineup. Against the Heat, they will attempt to bounce back from Saturday's 100-84 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs, when they were seven-point home underdogs.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Jazz have failed to cover the number in all four opportunities as a road underdog of 12.5 to 15 points, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that situation.
The Miami Heat have split their last six games. They are currently coming off Saturday's 114-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers as 12.5-point home favorites.
Heat forward LeBron James has averaged 30.5 points during his career against the Utah Jazz—his highest against any foe.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the Miami Heat, as they've gone 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games against the Utah Jazz.
NBA Pick: Miami Heat -12.5
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