Arizona State vs. Utah Pick
Can No. 4 Arizona State go on the road and get their first Pac-12 win when the Sun Devils face Utah at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Arizona State is the slight favorite on the road, as the Sun Devils are getting odds of -2.5 points against Utah. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 159 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and will air live on ESPNU.
Arizona State has lost two straight since a 12-0 start, falling at Arizona and Colorado. The Sun Devils are now 12-2 overall, 0-2 in conference play and 10-3-1 against the spread. ASU is just 1-2-1 ATS in its last four games. Arizona State is putting up 90 points per game on offense this season while allowing 73.9 per contest. The Sun Devils are led by Tra Holder, who is averaging 22.1 points per game while Romello White is adding 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest.
Utah is coming off a 94-82 loss at home to Arizona earlier this week, snapping a three-game win streak. The Utes are now 10-4 on the season, 2-1 in the Pac-12 and 7-5 against the spread. Utah is averaging 76.1 points per game this season while allowing 68.6 per contest. David Collette is leading Utah with 13.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while Justin Bibbins is adding 13.1 points and 4.7 assists per contest.
Utah has won five straight meetings with Arizona State and the Utes have covered the spread in 10 straight encounters. I know ASU is a different team, but these matchup stats are hard to ignore. Also consider that the Sun Devils are struggling right now. They also are giving up 86.3 points per game on the road. The public betting is backing Arizona State, but I am going to take the home underdog.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: UTAH +2.5