The Trailblazers and Wolverines are set to face off at 4:00 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 140.5 points.
UTAH TECH TRAILBLAZERS VS UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Utah Valley Wolverines -9
This game will be played at UCCU Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 83-65 in favor of the Wolverines.
- Not only will Utah Valley pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -9.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 148 points.
Will the Trailblazers Make it Happen in Orem?
Utah Tech is 7-10 overall and 3-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. On the road, they are 3-7 compared to 3-3 at home. As the underdog, they are 3-8, and they have lost four straight games on the road.
Utah Tech is coming off a 75-65 loss to Southern Utah. Over their last 10 games on the road, they are 3-7 compared to 1-4 over their last five and 0-3 over their last three.
Utah Tech’s ATS record this season is currently 8-8, and they are 5-6 vs. the spread as the underdog. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Trailblazers have gone 4-6. On the road, Utah Tech is 4-6 vs. the spread this season and they are 0-3 in their last three road games vs. the spread.
Utah Tech’s over/under record this season sits at 6-10 and today’s over/under line of 140.5 is slightly lower than the average OU line in their games (145.1). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-6.
The Utah Tech offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 65 points versus Southern Utah. During the game, they attempted 16 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 40%. The team’s scoring leader is Noa Gonsalves, who holds an average of 11.8 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Tanner Christensen is averaging 11.4 points per game this season.
So far, the Trailblazers’ defense is ranked 239th in the country at 75.5 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.3 threes per game vs. Utah Valley. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.3%.
Do the Wolverines Have What it Takes at Home?
Utah Valley will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they host Utah Tech. The Wolverines are favored by nine points and have gone 2-1 as the favorite this season.
Utah Valley has been much better at home than on the road, going 4-2 compared to 2-8. Over their last 10 games at home, the Wolverines have gone 7-3.
Utah Valley has an ATS record of 8-7-1 this season. In their three games as the favorite, they have gone 2-1 vs. the spread. At home, the Wolverines are 4-2 ATS this year and have a mark of 6-2 in their last 10 home games.
Utah Valley’s over/under record this season is 7-9 and the average scoring total in their games is 137.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 140.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (139.6) and their average margin versus the OU line is -2.4. So far, eight of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s OU line and their last three games have finished with an average of 146 points.
In their most recent game, the Wolverines’ offense tallied 65 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 68.2 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Caleb Stone-Carrawell, who is averaging 11.7 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Drake Allen also maintains a PPG average of 12.1 heading into game.
Currently, the Wolverines’ defense holds the 121st rank in the nation, allowing 70.1 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Utah Valley’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.9% this season.