Utah Utes vs. Arizona Wildcats, Thursday, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks, Prediction

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UTAH UTES ARIZONA WILDCATS
10-3 January 5, 10:00 PM | McKale Center 13-2

When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 5, 2017
Where: McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1

Team Spread Money Line Total
Utah Utes +10.5 -110  +475 139 -110
Arizona Wildcats -10.5 -110  -650 139 -110

The fans at McKale Center will be treated to a game between the Utah Utes and the Arizona Wildcats when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT UTAH (10-3, 1-0 Pac-12): Kuzma looked a lot more like himself in his return from injury than Jackson-Cartwright did, totaling 14 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of a 76-60 win Sunday against Colorado. Kuzma produced five consecutive double-doubles earlier this season and the third-year player has the type of experience that should come in handy against a young Arizona team. Lorenzo Bonam might be playing better than anyone on the Utes after scoring a team-high 15 points against Colorado and draining all three of his 3-point attempts.

ABOUT ARIZONA (13-2, 2-0): Jackson-Cartwright wasn’t considered a scoring threat before he went down with injury but he’s been a total non-threat since his return, combining for two points while playing a total of 42 minutes over the last two games. Kadeem Allen will likely remain in the starting five until Jackson-Cartwright can begin showing signs of his former self, but the senior guard is not as much of a true point guard as Jackson-Cartwright. Fortunately for whomever is playing point guard, 7-footers Lauri Markkanen and Dusan Ristic are big targets in the middle and know what to do with the ball when it’s in their hands.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Wildcats listed as 10.5-point favorites versus the Utes, while the game’s total is sitting at 139 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Arizona has done well this season without the starting lineup many expected all summer, and the No. 17 Wildcats will try to keep their momentum moving forward Thursday night when they host Utah in a Pac-12 game. Arizona welcomed back injured point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright last week and won both games to give the Wildcats a solid start to conference play, but the Utes will pose a much stiffer challenge.

The Utes are a lot stronger team than they were three weeks ago thanks to the additions of David Collette and Sedrick Barefield – who became eligible following their transfers from others programs – and the return of Kyle Kuzma, who missed two games over Christmas weekend after spraining his ankle. Collette, a 6-8 forward from Utah State, is averaging 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds through his first five games while Barefield, a 6-2 guard from SMU, is averaging 14.2 points and has drained 10-for-21 from 3-point range. Arizona has a pair of 7-footers in its starting lineup so the Wildcats should be able to counter Collette and Kuzma, but Barefield could give Arizona problems as its two primary shooting guards are freshmen. Reports continue to circulate that Allonzo Trier, who was expected to be Arizona’s top returning scorer this season, may be close to playing for the first time this season after sitting out with an unspecified suspension.

In their last action, Arizona was a 91-52 winner on the road against Cardinal. They covered the -6.5-point spread as favorites.

Utah won its last outing, a 76-60 result against Buffaloes on January 01. They covered in that game as a -6.5-point favorite.

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Utah:
Team record: 10-3 SU,5-6 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Arizona:
Team record: 13-2 SU,9-6 ATS
Current Streak: won 7 straight games.
Arizona is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Utah at Arizona State Saturday, January 7
Arizona home to Colorado Saturday, January 7

NCAA HOOPS UPDATES
1. The Wildcats lead the all-time series against the Utes, 30-29.

2. The last time Utah allowed 100 points in a game was Jan. 11, 2011 – a 104-79 loss to BYU.

3. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak is the only three-time Big Sky Player of the Year (1984-86).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Arizona Wildcats will cover the spread at -10.5 and the game will go over 139 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Arizona 81, Utah 77 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
UTAH TEAM ARIZ
81.3 PTS FOR 74.3
64.9 PTS AGNST 60.3
16.4 DIFF. 13.9
29.9 DEF REBOUNDS 27.6
10.8 OFF REBOUNDS 10.5
50.4 FG% 47.6
71.4 FT% 75.5
6.5 3 POINTERS 5.7
6.1 STEALS 6.1
INJURIES
UTAH
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
ARIZONA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
UTAH
Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Utah’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Arizona
ARIZONA
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 7 games at home
Arizona is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 6 games when playing Utah
Arizona is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing Utah
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
Arizona is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona’s last 7 games when playing at home against Utah
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Utah’s Overall Scoring vs Arizona’s Overall Defense 81.3 40 60.3 13
Utah’s Away Scoring vs Arizona’s Home Defense 67.5 211 60.4 47
Utah’s Road Rebounds vs Arizona’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.0 253 30.1 35
Arizona’s Overall Scoring vs Utah’s Overall Defense 74.3 174 64.9 48
Arizona’s Home Scoring vs Utah’s Road Defense 75.1 242 64.5 22
Arizona’s Home Rebounds vs Utah’s Road Rebounds Allowed 38.0 181 29.0 8
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
UTAH 50.4 38.6 11.8
ARIZ 47.6 38.6 9.1
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
UTAH 10.8 29.9 40.8
ARIZ 10.5 27.6 38.1
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
UTAH 15.4 14.8 1.0
ARIZ 13.5 12.7 1.1

 

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