Planning on watching today’s Wolverines and Thunderbirds game? Catch the action at America First Events Center in Cedar City, UT, as the Thunderbirds hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. Utah Valley come into this Western Athletic conference matchup as the -2 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 147 points.

UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES VS SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Southern Utah Thunderbirds +2

This game will be played at America First Events Center at 8:30 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-66 in favor of the Thunderbirds.
  • Not only will Southern Utah pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Wolverines Make it Happen on the Road?

Utah Valley will be looking to extend their two-game win streak on the road against Southern Utah. So far this season, they have gone 3-10 on the road, and they are coming off a 69-46 win over California Baptist.

Overall, the Wolverines have gone 11-14, and they are 6-8 in Western Athletic Conference play. For the season, they have been the favorite in six games, going 4-2.

As the favorite this season, Utah Valley has gone 4-2 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Wolverines have an ATS record of 7-3. On the road, their ATS mark is 7-5-1 this year and 5-4-1 in their last 10 road games.

Utah Valley’s over/under record for the season sits at 10-13 and today’s line of 147 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (139.6). So far, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 122 points and their OU record in those games is 0-3.

The Wolverines’ offense wrapped up their last game with 69 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 68.6 points per contest. Offensively, the Wolverines hold a season-long field goal percentage of 42%, placing them 317th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 396th in terms of percentage and 353rd in three-pointers made.

At present, the Wolverines’ defense is nationally ranked 93rd, allowing 68.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. California Baptist, the Lancers finished with a field goal percentage of 30% and a total of 46 points vs. Utah Valley.

Will Southern Utah Find a Way to Win at Home?

Coming into tonight’s game, Southern Utah has lost three straight games, including their most recent game against Seattle by a score of 78-68. On the season, the Thunderbirds have a record of 9-16, including a 4-5 record at home.

As the underdog, Southern Utah has gone 3-13 this season, and they have been the underdog in 16 of their 25 games. Their average scoring margin at home is -2.4 points per game, and they are 5-5 in their last ten games at home.

As the underdog this season, Southern Utah has an ATS record of 11-5. Their overall ATS record is 15-8, but they are just 5-4 vs. the spread at home this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Thunderbirds have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Southern Utah games is 12-11 and today’s line of 147 is similar to the average OU line in their games (148.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points, matching today’s OU line.

In contrast to their season average of 75.5 points per game, the Southern Utah had a below average performance. They scored 68 points against Seattle and had a field goal percentage of 40%. The team’s scoring leader is Dominick Ford, who holds an average of 16.4 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Zion Young is averaging 13 points per game this season.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Southern Utah is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 77.1 points per game (285th). In today’s game, the Southern Utah defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 4 three-pointers while giving up 78 points.