The Lancers and Wolverines are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Wolverines will host the game at UCCU Center in Orem, UT. The odds for this Western Athletic conference game currently have the Wolverines as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 133.5 points.
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST LANCERS VS UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Utah Valley Wolverines -2.5
This game will be played at UCCU Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.
WHY BET THE UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-68 in favor of the Wolverines.
- Not only will Utah Valley pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 133.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.
Does California Baptist Have a Shot at a Road Win?
This will be the 14th game of the season for California Baptist, who currently hold an 8-5 record. In away games, the Lancers are 2-2, while they are 4-3 in home games. Thus far, California Baptist has a subpar ATS record, sitting below .500 at 3-8. Over their last five games, the team has gone 1-4 vs. the spread.
Up to this point, games involving California Baptist have had an average of 136.5 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 138 points. Their over/under record is 5-6-0. The Lancers’ have recorded an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 135 points per game.
In contrast to their season average of 69.9 points per game, the California Baptist had a below average performance. They scored 61 points against New Mexico State and had a field goal percentage of 30.8%. Dominique Daniels Jr. led the scoring for the Lancers, contributing 14 points. Additionally, Kendal Coleman chipped in with 14 points.
In the current season, the California Baptist defense has excelled, sitting 54th in the nation by allowing 65.5 points per game. The California Baptist defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 66 points and allowed New Mexico State to connect on 6 threes.
Will the Wolverines Come Through as Home Favorites?
Utah Valley has played 13 games so far this season, with a record of 6-7. In away games, they are 2-5, while they are 2-2 in home games. As Utah Valley enters today’s game, they hold a 6-5 ATS record. When playing away, the Wolverines are 4-3 vs. the spread, while at home they are 2-2 ATS.
After 13 games, Utah Valley has an over/under record of 5-6-0, with their games averaging a combined 135.5 points per game so far. The Wolverines have an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 142 points per game.
In their previous game, the Wolverines’ offense finished with 63 points, which is right in line with their current average of 67.7 points per contest. Leading Utah Valley in scoring vs. Boise State was Trevin Dorius with his 20 points. Tanner Toolson also added 11 points for the Wolverines.
So far, the Wolverines’ defense is ranked 114th in the country at 69.5 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Utah Valley’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.8% this season.