Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Utah Runnin’ Utes Betting Prediction 12/21/18

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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-7) will travel to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to go head-to-head against the Utah Runnin’ Utes (5-5). Action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, December 21, 2018, and can be seen on Pac-12 Network.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Utah Runnin’ Utes Betting Odds

Both teams beat their last opponent. The Runnin’ Utes defeated the Maine Black Bears 75-61, while the Lumberjacks beat the Jacksonville Dolphins 97-82.

Northern Arizona dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.5 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.5. For those same stats, Jacksonville put up marks of 20.0 and 24.2, respectively. Meanwhile, Utah played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.3 and a free throw rate of 0.236. Maine was 13.5 and 0.145, respectively, for those same stats. Sedrick Barefield fueled Utah with 18 points and eight assists. Northern Arizona was lifted by Bernie Andre, who recorded 20 points and 14 rebounds.

The productive offense of Utah will battle against the mid-tier defense of Northern Arizona. Dating back to last season, the Runnin’ Utes rank 68th in offensive efficiency, while the Lumberjacks are 340th in defensive efficiency. The Runnin’ Utes should have the edge on that end of the court.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Utah Runnin’ Utes Free Pick

Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Utah, ATS Winner – Utah, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Utah averages 24.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 75th in the NCAA. Northern Arizona ranks 228th in three pointers allowed per game (24.6).
  • The Lumberjacks rank 50th in blocks allowed per game (3.4) while the Runnin’ Utes rank 66th (3.0).
  • Utah allows the 31st-fewest steals per game (5.9) while Northern Arizona ranks 44th (6.9).
  • The Runnin’ Utes rank 14th in rebounds allowed per game (33.5) while the Lumberjacks rank 166th (36.3).
  • Utah averages 14.9 assists per game, which ranks 112th in the NCAA. Northern Arizona ranks 209th in assists allowed per game (15.5).