Utah Utes vs. Colorado Buffaloes, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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UTAH UTES COLORADO BUFFALOES
17-10 February 23, 11:00 PM | Coors Events Center 16-12
Utah at Colorado, Betting Lines
When: 11:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 23, 2017
Where: Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colorado
TV: 11 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Point Spread Money Line Total
567 –Utah Utes +2 -105 +125 Ov 146½ -110
568 –Colorado Buffaloes -2 -115 -145 Un 146½ -110

The Utah Utes and the Colorado Buffaloes will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Coors Events Center.

ABOUT UTAH (17-10, 8-7 Pac-12): The Utes would’ve been 9-6 – and a half-game out of fourth place and a first-round conference tournament bye – if not for an Oregon State rally Sunday that erased a 13-point deficit in the final 11:30 and carried the Beavers to their first Pac-12 win. Utah was hampered by 17 turnovers in the loss and has had 13 or more in seven of its last eight contests. The good news, though, is that junior forward Kyle Kuzma was back in action Sunday after sitting out the previous game at Oregon with an ankle sprain, and he leads the team in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (10.1) with forward David Collette (14.4 points) along with guards Lorenzo Bonam (12.3) and Devon Daniels (10.4) close behind.

ABOUT COLORADO (16-12, 6-9): The Buffaloes will be attempting to shake off their worst loss of the season – a 101-73 defeat Saturday at seventh-ranked Oregon – which saw the Ducks shoot 57.6 percent from the field, including a sizzling 16-of-29 from 3-point range. Senior guard Derrick White had his worst game in almost a month with 10 points, one rebound and a pair of assists, but he still leads the team in two of the three categories with 16.8 points and 4.1 assists per outing. Forward Xavier Johnson (14.6 points) and swingman George King (11.6) also are averaging double figures, while King and forward Wesley Gordon share the team rebounding lead with an average of seven apiece.

Oddsmakers currently have the Buffaloes listed as 2-point favorites versus the Utes, while the game’s total is sitting at 146½.

Colorado and Utah, a pair of Pac-12 programs who have a combined six NCAA Tournament appearances since joining the conference in 2011, are currently on the outside of the bubble looking in. That’s the not-so-rosy backdrop as Colorado prepares to host the Utes on Thursday night.

Utah got off to a 5-2 start in Pac-12 play, but the lack of experience – the Utes have 11 players who didn’t log a minute of playing time a season ago – seemingly has caught up with coach Larry Krystkowiak’s crew. “I don’t know (if) we’re having a whole lot of fun,” the sixth-year Utah coach told reporters Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “I don’t see a guy with a motor. … I don’t know who that is on this team. I’m not pleased with it.” Colorado stumbled to a 0-7 Pac-12 start, and even a 6-2 mark since still leaves the Buffaloes three games short of .500 in the conference with three to play. “We can’t get the final three unless we get the one Thursday against Utah,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle told the media after practice Tuesday. “… You eat an elephant one bite at a time, and that’s what we’ve got to try to do.”

Last time out for Colorado, they were a 101-73 loser as they battled Ducks on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +12-point underdog.

In their last action, Utah was a 68-67 loser on the road against Beavers. They failed to cover the -12.5-point spread as favorites.

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Utah:
Team record: 17-10 SU,12-12-1 ATS
Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Utah is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Colorado:
Team record: 16-12 SU,10-17 ATS
Colorado is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games at home

Next up:
Utah home to California Thursday, March 2
Colorado home to Wyoming Tuesday, February 28

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE

1. Colorado leads the series 26-20, but Utah has won six straight – including a 76-60 victory in Salt Lake City on New Year’s Day.

2. Bonam and White scored 15 points apiece to pace their respective teams in the first meeting, but the Utes outshot the Buffaloes 52.5-40.4 percent from the field.

3. Utah is shooting 50.7 percent from the field overall to rank second in the Pac-12 and fourth nationally.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Utah Utes will cover the spread at +2 and the game will stay under 146½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Colorado 72, Utah 71 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
UTAH TEAM COLO
79.3 PTS FOR 75.6
68.3 PTS AGNST 72.0
11.0 DIFF. 3.6
28.4 DEF REBOUNDS 26.0
10.4 OFF REBOUNDS 12.0
50.7 FG% 44.8
67.6 FT% 69.8
6.6 3 POINTERS 7.1
6.0 STEALS 5.1
BETTING TRENDS
UTAH
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Colorado
Utah is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Colorado
COLORADO
Colorado is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games at home
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Colorado is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games when playing Utah
Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Colorado is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Utah
Colorado is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado’s last 7 games when playing at home against Utah
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Utah’s Overall Scoring vs Colorado’s Overall Defense 79.3 52 72.0 178
Utah’s Away Scoring vs Colorado’s Home Defense 73.9 90 69.1 173
Utah’s Road Rebounds vs Colorado’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.2 68 34.7 190
Colorado’s Overall Scoring vs Utah’s Overall Defense 75.6 123 68.3 81
Colorado’s Home Scoring vs Utah’s Road Defense 77.7 154 70.1 71
Colorado’s Home Rebounds vs Utah’s Road Rebounds Allowed 39.9 52 31.6 22

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