Utah vs. USC Pick
Is USC a safe bet to cover at home when the Trojans host Utah tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, USC is favored at home tonight, as the Trojans are getting odds of -6.5 points against Utah. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 151 points. Tonight’s game is taking place from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California and will air live on ESPNU.
Utah has lost three straight coming into this game, including an 83-64 loss at UCLA this week. The Utes are 10-6 overall, 2-3 in the Pac-12 and 7-6-1 against the spread. Utah is putting up 75.4 points per game this season on offense while allowing 70.2 per contest. David Collette is leading Utah with 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while Justin Bibbins is adding 13.6 points and 4.8 assists per contest.
USC is coming off a 70-58 win over Colorado this week for its third win in four games. The Trojans are 12-6 on the season, 3-2 in the Pac-12 and 11-7 against the spread. USC has covered in six of its last eight. The Trojans are averaging 80.9 points per game this season while allowing 72.5 per game. Chimezie Metu is leading the team with 17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Bennie Boatwright is adding 15.6 points and 7 rebounds per contest.
Utah has dominated this series, winning and covering in eight straight meetings with USC. However, the Utes are in a funk right now. Since a win at Oregon, Utah has been shaky, losing by double digits to Arizona and UCLA. USC has won its last two at home, covering big spreads in the process. I think the USC offense will be too much for Utah to keep up with today. The Utes are scoring just 66 points per game on the road. The public betting is nearly split for this game, but I am going to go with USC.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: USC -6.5