First come the headaches, followed by dizziness, then fatigue, as legs turn to rubber and a profound sense of fatigue grips the body. No, we’re not talking about getting audited by the IRS – we’re running down the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, brought on when sea-level dwellers (like the Miami Heat) struggle to maintain their oxygen level at elevations over 4,000 feet. Yes, the Utah Jazz have long benefi ted from the ‘Air Up There,’ especially in underdog roles. The homeboys should certainly be on the take tonight when rejuvenated Miami (7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS run at press time) visits the land of the Great Salt Lake. The problem for LeBron and company, however, is playing with no rest at this venue… or anywhere, for that matter.

Since the addition of the Big Three, Miami is 4-6 SU and 2-8 ATS without rest versus greater than .550 foes – regardless of altitude. Worse, the Floridians show up off a Portland revenger with a Lakers ‘showtime showdown’ on deck for Sunday. Is that a gasping for breath we hear? Our database says yes: non-rested teams at Utah who have the Lakers up next are just 5-25 SU and 12-18 ATS (where else are you going to read that?). The Jazz have exploited their home court to the tune of 12-6 SU and 11-7 ATS this year and should continue here unless Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra sneaks a few oxygen tanks behind the bench. With the Energy Solutions Arena security staff on high alert for such monkey business, our AWESOME ANGLE cements this call. Down go the Heat!