Miami Heat (6-12) at Utah Jazz (11-8)
Vivint Arena, 7 p.m.
The Utah Jazz are back at home looking to extend their four-game winning streak as the Miami Heat come to town.
The Heat are just 6-12 on the season, but are coming off a 106-98 road win over the Denver Nuggets.
One of the keys to beating the Heat is to contain Hassan Whiteside, who leads the Heat with 17.7 points, 15.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
Whiteside is a rebounding machine who can terrorize opponents on both ends of the floor with his length and timing. He is especially dominant on the offensive glass where his 4.6 rebounds per game leads to plenty of easy shots at the rim.
Keeping Whiteside out of the painted area will go a long way in deciding which team wins the game. That job will rest in the capable hands of Rudy Gobert.Comment on this story
Gobert is also having a terrific season, averaging 11.1 points on 63.4 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 11.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
This is the third time the two have met over the past year with the Jazz winning the first two games. While Whiteside has put up slightly better numbers, Gobert has done enough to help Utah win.
Gobert limited Whiteside to just two offensive boards in the Nov. 12, matchup that the Jazz won, 102-91.
If Gobert can provide the Jazz with a similar effort Thursday night, Utah will have a great chance to extend its winning streak to five games.