Pick Sun Devils +5 in Utah vs. Arizona State: NCAAB Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, January 15, 2015 4:30 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 4:30 PM GMT

Arizona State lands in virtually a must-win situation Thursday night, which makes it a dangerous home underdog against nationally-ranked Utah in Tempe. Take a look to see how we have decided to place our NCAA Basketball picks in this showdown.

Top Notch
Utah has put together an impressive six-game win streak, which is important to consider when making your NCAA Basketball pick, as it currently enjoys its highest ranking since the close of the 1998-99 campaign.

The eighth-ranked Utes have a great chance of covering this number if point guard Delon Wright continues his strong play on the road—averaging 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.3 steals in four contests in that situation.

Offensively, the team sits behind just seven teams in shooting 50.1 percent from the floor, with Wright contributing to that success in occupying the No. 6 spot in the Pac-12 in knocking down 56.9 percent of his shots.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 20-24 SU and 29-14-1 ATS versus conference opponents.

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Stay Composed
Arizona State has an opportunity to save its season with a major performance at Wells Fargo Arena, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it has captured its last eight games versus Pac-12 foes on this floor.

The Sun Devils have dropped their first three conference games on the road, as they’ve connected on just 50 of 133 shots from the floor—leading directly to all of those contests going UNDER the betting total.

Sports bettors will find that the squad is 40-6 SU and 22-17 ATS at this venue since the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

Splitsville
The Utes have split their six meetings against the Sun Devils since becoming a member of the conference, but they haven’t won in the Valley of the Sun since the 1991-92 season.

Utah is better equipped to win away from Salt Lake City this year, as it possesses the top scoring margin in the league despite only having one player among the top 30 in scoring.

 

Rise To the Occasion
The Sun Devils have won two of their five home games versus top-10 opponents under longtime head coach Herb Sendek, including a 69-66 double-overtime victory over Arizona last season.

Arizona State’s three wins versus Utah in Tempe have been by a total of nine points, with those contests averaging 123.9 points overall.

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Sun Devils as one of their ATS basketball selections, as the underdog has covered the number in five of the last six meetings in the series.

Pick:  ASU Sun Devils +5 at Pinnacle Sports

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