Utah Utes (9-8) vs Stanford Cardinals (9-9)Date : 01/24/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Stanford Maples Pavilion, Stamford, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Utah Utes vs Stanford Cardinals
The Utah Utes will travel to Stanford Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, California, to battle the Stanford Cardinal at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday night in college basketball action within the Pac-12 Conference. The Cardinal were able to atone for a blowout loss to the Washington Huskies in their prior outing by picking up a victory over the Washington State Cougars by 12 points as Stanford was able to pull away in the second half thanks to 55% shooting as a team along with 15 points along with six rebounds from leading scorer Dejeon Davis in the victory.
The Utah Utes picked up their second win in his many games as they prevailed at home over the Colorado Buffaloes in their last outing as they held the dismal Buffaloes to just 40% shooting from the floor while they finish the game shooting 45% in addition to connecting on 9 three pointers on the night. Sedrick Barefield along with Timmy Allen, led the team with 24 and 21 points, respectively, in the conference win while the only other double-digit scorer for Utah was Donnie Tillman with 11 points.
Utah Utes's Latest Performance :
And while the Utes shot just 46% from the field in their contest versus the Colorado Buffaloes at home in their last time out, they were able to convert on 9 3-point attempts on the night as Barefield and Allen led the charge with 22 and 21 points, respectively, as stated. The Utes were also able to slightly outrebound the Buffaloes in this contest as well; However, the key to this game happens to be free throw shooting as Utah converted on 19 of 29 attempts compared to 11 of 16 for the Buffaloes.
Nonetheless, despite allowing a whopping 50 points to the road team in the second half, Stanford was able to win the game due to their ability to perform well on both ends of the floor in the first half, where they allowed just 19 points to their opponents while posting 46 points, total, during this time. They now look forward to facing a Stanford team that has also gained its fair share of momentum recently in winning two of their last three games, overall.
Of course, the Utes have not played very well away from home recently, however, will certainly be looking to shore up vulnerabilities, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, in which to neutralize an offense for the Cardinal that has awakened recently in averaging 78 points per game during their last three outings.
Stanford Cardinals 's Latest Performance :
The Stanford Cardinal were originally left for dead as they began conference play at 0-3, at one point. Nonetheless, Stanford has played much better during their last three outings as they are winners of two of their last three, with their last victory coming on the road versus the Washington State Cougars in their last time out. In all, Stanford was able to take a four-point lead into halftime while maintaining a slight advantage throughout the remainder of the game in which to pick up a much-needed conference victory.
As stated, Davis was certainly the tip of the spear for the offensive charge as he ended with 15 points on the night while Josh Sharma along with Bruce Willis chipped in 13 points each in the win for the Cardinal, as well. Stanford’s offense, which is been dismal, at best, throughout the season, suddenly awakened in this contest as they shot 55% from the floor while connecting on eight of 20 3-point attempts. Its defense, on the other hand, despite giving up 10 three-pointers on the night, held Washington State to just 40% shooting from the floor as CJ elleby led the team with 18 points while pulling down nine rebounds in defeat. And despite committing 14 turnovers on the night, Stanford forced 13 turnovers for the Cougars as well while heavily outrebounding the home team en route to the victory.
In all, Stanford returns home where they are winners of four the last 5 games, overall, to faced a Utah Utes team that has struggled in recent road games in dropping two of three. Nonetheless, the Utes have picked up a huge amount of momentum and confidence after their last two outings as their offense has averaged eighty two points per game during this time while allowing opponents to post just 70 points, on average.
How Utah Utes & Stanford Cardinals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Utah is 7 – 10 ATS while the OU is 11 – 6
Stanford is 9 – 8 – 1 ATS while the OU is 9 – 8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this matchup to be an exciting and highly competitive one as both Utah and Stanford will be looking to pick up a much-needed conference victory after rough starts to their conference slate. As stated, both teams have picked up their fair share of momentum recently as both are winners of two of their last three games, overall. Nonetheless, one can certainly look for both teams to push the pace in this game as the defenses have not been very effective recently as well as throughout the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Stanford Cardinal
My reason for the pick :
I will back Stamford in this contest as Utah just happens to not play as well on the road these days as they do in front of their home crowd. On the other hand, Stanford is been flawless at home recently in winning four of their last 5, as stated. With that being the case, look for this to be an up-and-down matchup from start to finish while the Cardinal will be able to hunker down a bit more on the defensive end while also coming up with some critical baskets on the offensive side of things in which to pull away late while picking up the hard-fought win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been the play in the last 3 road outings for the Utah Utes while also being the result and four of the last five home games for Stanford Cardinal. I happen to believe that these trends will continue as defense has been an area where both teams have struggled consistently throughout the 2018-19 season. With that being said, one should certainly look to the over as being the strong play as the total will certainly be surpassed due to both teams having more than enough opportunities in which to score on the offensive end throughout this contest.
Betting trends for Utah Utes:
- The Utes are 4-1 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 5-1 and Utes last six games
Betting trends for Stanford Cardinals :
- The Cardinal is 2 – 5 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 3 – 1 in Cardinals last four games