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Stanford vs. Utah - 1/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah at Stanford
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Maples Pavilion
Stanford, CA
The Line
Stanford Cardinal -3 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
Pac 12 Network
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The Utah Utes and the Stanford Cardinal meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the Maples Pavilion on Thursday night.

The Utah Utes will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 78-69 win over Colorado in their last outing. Sedrick Barefield led the Utes with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 4 assists while Timmy Allen added 21 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a 9 of 13 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for a double-double. Donnie Tillman added 11 points and 3 steals of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Utah in the win, while Jayce Johnson added 4 points and 8 rebounds. Barefield leads Utah with an average of 15.8 points and 3.8 assists per game while Johnson leads the Utes in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Utah is averaging 75.2 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 37.1% from behind the 3-point line and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

The Stanford Cardinal will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following a 78-66 win over Washington State in their last outing. Daejon Davis led the Cardinal with 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes along with team-highs of 6 assists and 5 steals while Josh Sharma Bryce Wills each added 13 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. Oscar Da Silva added 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes, a pair of steals and 3 blocks while Marcus Sheffield added 11 points on 3 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes to finish off the scoring in double figures for Stanford in the winning effort. KZ Okpala missed the game due to back spasms but still leads Stanford with an average of 18.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while Davis leads the Cardinal in assists with 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Stanford is averaging 72.9 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 66.1% from the foul line this season.

Utah is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Stanford is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Utah is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

Stanford has been a tough out at home this season, going 6-1 SU and 4-3 ATS at the Maples Pavilion this season, but the Cardinal have had issues with consistency as of late, and recent patterns would suggest that the Cardinal are due for a letdown here. I’ve been impressed with how Utah has played as of late, and I think we are getting points with the better team here, so I’ll take the free bucket with the Utes in this contest.

Pick:
Utah +3

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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