Hello Lazies.

The Utah Jazz have quietly taken advantage of their recent soft schedule, winning six of its past seven games. And after Saturday nights 114-107 win against the Hornets, this would put the team in a five-game winning streak. But streaks aren’t always proof of success in the NBA.

Out of the five recent games, all their victories have come against teams with losing records. In fact, their last win against a team that’s currently over .500 was back on November 12th against the Brooklyn Nets. But the Jazz (18-11) face their toughest test yet, as they take on the Eastern Conference’s No. 3 team, the Heat (21-8) tonight in Miami.

However, the Jazz will be without Mike Conley again, who returned briefly before re-aggravating his hamstring issue. The silver lining to this injury has been Joe Ingles who’s playmaking has been vital in Utah’s recent achievement. Looking at the comparison of these two players, you can tell that Joe’s stepped up and taken on the burden.

The Heat’s lost just one game at home this season, and this couldn’t be a better true test for Utah’s success. If the Jazz come out victorious, it might validate their win streak and head into the new year with positivity. FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 66% chance to win this game, so the odds are on the home team.

Catch you Thursday.
Ed