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Utah vs. Northern Arizona - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-7) at Utah Utes (5-5)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Utah Utes -16 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
PAC12
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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and Utah Utes meet Friday in college basketball action at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks could use a bounce back win to snap a six-game losing streak. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are averaging 73.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 81.1 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Carlos Hines is averaging 13.4 points and 2.3 assists while Bernie Andre is averaging 13.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Ted McCree is the third double-digit scorer and Davon Bolton dishing 2.4 assists. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.1 rebounds per game. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks have lost five straight road games.

The Utah Utes look for a big home win to get a game above a .500 record. The Utah Utes are averaging 73.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 72.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Sedrick Barefield is averaging 13.2 points and 3.3 assists while Donnie Tillman is averaging 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Both Gach is grabbing 2.6 rebounds and Timmy Allen is dishing 2.2 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have won all four home games this season.

The Lumberjacks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Utes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Utes last 5 Friday games. The under is 9-3-1 in Lumberjacks last 13 vs. Pacific-12. The over is 5-0 in Utes last 5 vs. Big Sky.

The Utah Utes aren't playing well enough, especially on the defensive end, to be laying numbers this big. Utah is one of the worst teams in the country in field goal percentage allowed and is just 3-7 ATS this season. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks have played most of this season o nthe road and have held their own against some decent teams, as they're only being outscored by 9.6 on the road this season. I'm fading Utah until it gets its act together. Give me the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and the points.

Pick:
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks +16

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