Arizona @ Utah 2/8/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Arizona (17-5) at Utah (15-7)

Game Info: Thursday, February 8th, 2024 at  8 p.m. EST (Huntsman Center)

Betting Odds: Arizona -5.5 (+100) - Over/Under (160.5)

Pick: Arizona -5.5 (+100)

Friday night takes us to Utah for a Pac-12 conference matchup between the Arizona Wildcats and the Utah Utes. Both of these teams have put together quality seasons throughout the early part of the year and both of them will look to add to that with another solid performance here on Thursday night. This should be a close and competitive game throughout the entirety of the contest here in this one. As both Arizona and Utah look to further establish themselves as a potential contender within the conference. 

Arizona has been one of the best teams in the country this season, and as long as they remain healthy and consistent they should make a deep tournament run. They have one of the best starting fives in the country and they are a deep team that has the potential to outscore you from their bench spots as well. At one point in the year they were the number one team in the country and they will look to get back to that with another string of quality performances throughout the last full month of the regular season. 

Arizona is one of the only teams in the country that has four or more players averaging 10 or more points per game and they nearly have five players averaging 10 points per game this season. They have one of the best offensive attacks in the country and Utah will need to find a way to slow them down if they want to pick up a victory and an upset win here at home in this one on Thursday night. Arizona comes into this game with 17 victories through their first 22 games of the season and they are currently on a three game winning streak.

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Utah has put together a respectable season throughout the first part of the year, but they have an opportunity to get a huge résumé building win with a victory here on Thursday night at home. If they can grab a win against one of the top teams in the country, it would put them on the safer side of the bubble heading into the middle of the final full month of the regular season. As of right now they are certainly in contention to be an at large team in the NCAA tournament, but they will need to finish the regular season on a high note and make a solid run through the Pac 12 tournament as well. 

Utah comes into this game with 15 victories through their first two games of the regular season and they will look to keep the momentum rolling with another quality performance here on Thursday night at home. Unfortunately for Utah they have been a bit lackluster inside of conference play and that is something that will have to change for them if they want to remain in contention for the NCAA tournament. As they have lost five out of their first 11 conference games on the year. They are coming off of a solid victory against Colorado, and they will need to string a second consecutive victory together here in this one to get things going in the right direction once again. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Arizona is 8-3 in the Pac-12

- Arizona is 11-5 after a win

- Utah is 1-2 against ranked opponents 

I expect this game between Arizona and Utah to be a competitive contest throughout the majority of the game here on Thursday night. In the end I look for the talent gap of the Arizona Wildcats to grab the victory against the Utah Utes on the road. As I look for Arizona to pull away in this game late with their superior offensive ability. I also look for Arizona to cover the 5 1/2 points spread in this game against Utah on Thursday night, as they add another victory to their conference leading, and get one step closer to winning the Pac-12 regular season championship.

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