Boise State vs. Utah Prediction

Will Boise State hang with Utah in the opening round of the NIT? 3/14/17

Will Boise State hang with Utah as a double-digit underdog tonight when the two teams clash in the NIT at 10:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Utes are now 10.5-point home favorites versus the Broncos after opening as a 12.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 156 and has been bet down to 155.5.

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The Broncos finished the regular season with a 19-11 record and went 12-15 against the spread. Down the stretch they went 6-4 in their last 10 games, covering just twice during that same stretch. That said, they went 7-5 against the spread on the road this season.

The Utes finished with a 20-11 regular season record, including a 14-3 mark at home. They were 14-13 against the spread on the season, which includes a 7-7 ATS record at home. They were 5-5 over their last 10 games, going 4-5-1 against the spread during that stretch.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Broncos are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home and are 5-1-1 against the number in their last seven non-conference games. On the other side, the Utes have struggled to cover as a favorite, going 2-5-1 at the betting window in their last eight games when laying points. They're also 1-4 against the spread in their last five games coming off a loss.

 

NIT FIRST-ROUND PREDICTION: BOISE STATE BRONCOS +10.5

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