Utah Runnin’ Utes at California Golden Bears ATS Prediction 02/29/20

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The California Golden Bears (12-16, 6-9 Pac-12) close out their home schedule at Haas Pavilion against the Utah Runnin’ Utes (15-13, 6-10 Pac-12). Action gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and can be seen on Pac-12 Network.

Utah Runnin’ Utes at California Golden Bears ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Golden Bears were victorious over the 21st-ranked Colorado Buffaloes, 76-62, while the Runnin’ Utes fell to the Stanford Cardinal, 70-62.

California played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.315 (above their season average of 0.255) and a turnover percentage of 11.2 (better than their season average of 17.8). For those same stats, Colorado was 0.098 and 14.5, respectively. Utah, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (8-10; 80.0 percent). Matt Bradley was a key piece for California with 26 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Utah rallied around Timmy Allen, who contributed 17 points and seven rebounds.

In their first matchup this year, Allen led the Runnin’ Utes to a 60-45 win. He was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points. The Runnin’ Utes’ 13.6 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Golden Bears, who had a rate of 23.4.

The physical Utah offense could be living from the charity stripe in this meeting. The Runnin’ Utes currently rank 63rd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.266, while California ranks 301st in FTA rate allowed (0.272).

Utah Runnin’ Utes at California Golden Bears ATS Pick

Pick: SU Winner – California, ATS Winner – California, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Utah ranks 73rd in assists per game (14.1) while California ranks 273rd (9.1).
  • The Runnin’ Utes rank 133rd in rebounds per game (35.9) while the Golden Bears rank 254th (32.6).
  • The Golden Bears rank 16th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while the Runnin’ Utes rank 146th (6.6).
  • Utah ranks 183rd in three pointers attempted per game (21.1) while California ranks 310th (14.9).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Runnin’ Utes have scored an average of 62.4 points per game (8.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (1.1 above their season average).
  • The Golden Bears’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.6, up from 5.5 for the season.