Pac-12 heavyweight Arizona heads to Salt Lake City to challenge Utah for the second time this season. This might not be a highly-anticipated match to many, but there are good reasons to get excited about an Arizona vs. Utah matchup. Arizona is on its way to a ninth-straight win, while Utah writes down its best results in weeks with three wins in five games. Can Utah carry off the upset win over Arizona?
Get a full Nitrobetting preview of Arizona vs. Utah clash down below. Check out the event details, team and player stats, the latest NCAAB betting odds, trends, and predictions down below.
Arizona vs. Utah Game Information
- When: Thursday, February 24, 2021, 11:00 PM ET
- Where: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, UT
- TV: FS1
- Radio: KCUB 1290 AM (Arizona) / ESPN 1420 (Utah)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAAB Betting Odds: Arizona (odds) / Utah (odds)
Why Bet on the Arizona Wildcats?
The Wildcats are hotter than ever as they lead the Pac-12 division into the last few days of the regular season. Although they already have a victory over Utah in January, they have no reason to slow down now. This will be the first of three consecutive road games for Arizona and the team wants to get acquainted with the pressure before heading into the next chapter of its campaign.
Arizona is one of the more dominant two-way teams in the league. They can produce wins through offense or defense. Offensively, the squad averages 84.8 points (third) per game on 49.1% shooting (seventh). They are relentless two-point shooters and hit 57.5% of their attempts from the short and mid-range. The team also showcases incredible ball movement and leads the league in assists at 20.4 per game. As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 55.3% from the field (17th).
Going over the defense, the Wildcats allow 65.8 points (65th) per game. This is possible through consistent shooting defense that holds teams to 40.4% two-point shooting (second) and 31.5% three-point shooting (72nd). Arizona records a 42.8% opponent field goal percentage (third) in 26 games.
Why Bet on the Utah Utes?
The Utes get some traction with two wins against Stanford and California, respectively. This is their first road game in over a week and the side looks forward to playing in front of their home crowd again.
Statistics tell that Utah has more going for them on the defensive end. The team allows 69.3 points (164th) per game and opponent shooting to 42.6% (131st). Their shooting defense is emphasized downtown with the team keeping its competitors to 31.1% three-point shooting (56th). The Utes’ opponent two-point shooting can do with some improvement at 48.8% (131st). Overall, they hold a respectable 48.0% opponent effective field goal percentage. This is fortified by an active rebounding squad that collects 24.6 defensive rebounds (89th) and 37.0 total boards (67th) per game.
Utah’s shooting statistics need more improvement if the team wants to keep up with Arizona’s offense. The hosts hit 46.7% of two-point (286th) and 33.5% three-point attempts (180th). They do have the free-throw shooting advantage over Arizona and keep a foul shot percentage north of 78% (12th).
Branden Carlson is the latest Utah player to join the injury list. The big man is enduring an ankle injury he picked up last Tuesday. This leaves him questionable for Thursday’s game.
Arizona vs. Utah Betting Trends
- Arizona is 4-1 in its last five road games (3-2 ATS).
- Arizona is 3-2 in its last five games against Utah (4-1 ATS).
- The totals have gone under in two of Arizona’s last four games against Utah.
- Utah is 4-6 in its last ten games at Jon M. Huntsman Center (5-5 ATS).
- Utah is 3-2 in its last five home games against Arizona (3-2 ATS).
- The totals have gone over in four of Utah’s last ten games against Arizona.
Arizona vs. Utah Expert Betting Predictions
Arizona might be the underwhelming favorites here. They have a healthy lineup leading up to the game and more consistent results along the way. The team already beat Utah earlier this year as well. Nevertheless, there are reasonable grounds for Utah in this matchup. Covering the spread should be possible for the side. The host’s last three defeats only featured single-digit losses. While a demands the very best from the side, it remains in the picture for head coach Craig Smith and his boys.
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