Will Jimmy Butler Play Tonight? Miami Heat vs Utah Jazz: Match Prediction, Injuries and Lineup

Published 02/13/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Feb 5, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) protects the ball from Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) during the second quarter of the game at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports


Utah Jazz is riding higher than ever with that 80% win record after 25 games. The last time they saw such success was from 1996 to 1998 during their rivalry against Michael Jordan’s Bulls. On the other hand, the Miami Heat is also quickly climbing the ladder. 

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The match between the two squads is sure to break the winning streak of one of the teams. It will be a match-up that’ll pit Jimmy Butler against Donovan Mitchell. While Jimmy G. Buckets is hungry for repeating the success from last season, the Jazz are keen on making a statement of consistency.

Miami Heat vs Utah Jazz: Injury updates and line-up prediction

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Jan 23, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) dribbles the ball as center Bam Adebayo (13) runs a pick against Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (middle) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

For the Heat, the news is a little bleak. Point guard Goran Dragic (ankle) is sure to miss the game against the Jazz. This will become the fourth consecutive match that he will miss after scoring 9 points in Heat’s win against the Wizards.

Probable starting roster – Kelly Olynyk (PF), Jimmy Butler (SF), Kendrick Nunn (PG), Duncan Robinson (SG), and Bam Adebayo (C) 

For Jazz, Mike Conley (hamstring) missed the very important game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The team is yet to make a statement on his availability against the Heat. Rest, the entire lineup is up and playing. 

Probable starting five – Royce O’Neale (PF), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Donovan Mitchell (PG), Joe Ingles (SG), Rudy Gobert (C) 

Who wins tonight?

Feb 9, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dribbles the ball against Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are coming off a convincing victory against the Rockets. Jimmy Butler scored a 27-point triple-double and Bam Adebayo fell two assists short of scoring his. The Heat have shown tremendous improvement in their defense in the last ten games. Their catch-and-shoot expert Duncan Robinson is not playing as efficiently as he did in the last season, but he can still surprise with a good performance. 

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For Jazz, thanks to their impressive off-season signings, the players like Bojan Bogdanovic are adding some consistent value. Plus, Royce O’Neale has become a regular starter helping Joe Ingles’ shooting. Next up, Jordan Clarkson is the Sixth Man of the Year potential. However, the key players remain the extremely amazing defensive player in center Rudy Gobert and a prolific scorer in Donovan Mitchell. 

Looking at Utah’s momentum, it’s easy to predict that they’ll take away the W from Heat in this game.

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Also recommended – WATCH: Donovan Mitchell Maintains His Class Despite Shaquille O’Neal’s Insulting Remarks

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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