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USC vs Utah Basketball Picks 2-15-24

Utah Runnin' Utes (15-9) vs. USC Trojans (9-15)
February 15, 2024 11:00 pm EDT
The Line: USC Trojans -1.5; Over/Under: +148.5
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The Utah Utes will play the USC Trojans in a PAC-12 game on Thursday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Utah has lost four of their last five games, while USC has lost eight of their last nine. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Utah vs USC prediction. 

Utah Preview

The Utah Utes are 15-9 (6-7) this year after they lost to Arizona State by a score of 85-77 in their last game. Utah led 42-40 at halftime, but they allowed 45 points in the second half in the loss. The Utes shot 46.3% from the field and were -3 in rebounding margin in the game. Utah lost to Arizona by a score of 105-99 in the game prior to Arizona State, but did beat Colorado before that. The Utes are scoring 79.2 points per game with 39.6 rebounds per game and 17.7 assists per game, while allowing 73.2 points against per game this year. Branden Carlson is averaging 17 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game. Utah is shooting 47% from the field, 64% on free throws, and 36.5% on three pointers this season. 

USC Preview

The USC Trojans are 9-15 (3-10) this season after they lost to Stanford by a score of 99-68 in their last game. USC trailed 55-26 at halftime and could never get back into the game. The Trojans shot 44.8% from the field and were -16 in rebounding margin in the game. USC lost to Cal by a score of 83-77 in the game prior to Stanford, but did beat Oregon State before that. The Trojans are scoring 74.4 points per game with 35.7 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game, while giving up 75.3 points against per game this season. Boogie Ellis is averaging 16.4 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 3.2 assists per game. USC is shooting 44.7% from the field, 68.9% on free throws, and 35.2% on three pointers this year. 

Utah vs USC Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game struggling over the last few weeks, but USC is one of the worst teams in the conference. The Trojans are coming off of a 30-point loss to Stanford, but they did beat Oregon State in their last home game. Utah has lost four of their last five games and they are 0-5 on the road in conference play this season. Utah has the better numbers on the season, but I can’t back them on the road. Take USC to get the win at home. 

David Racey's Free Pick: USC ML

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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