Utah vs Cal Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 5 (Utes Get Back on Track in Blowout Victory)

Utah vs Cal Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 5 (Utes Get Back on Track in Blowout Victory)


Utah vs Cal Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Utah (15-9, 8-5 Pac-12) vs. Cal (3-19, 2-9 Pac-12)
  • Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Jon M. Huntsman Center -- Salt Lake City, Utah

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with an exciting matchup between the California Golden Bears and Utah Utes. California enters on a six-game losing streak that includes a 59-46 loss to Colorado on Thursday. Kuany Kuany was the only player to score in double digits (10).

Meanwhile, Utah is in need of a bounce-back win after falling short in a 78-72 loss to Stanford on Thursday. Lazar Stefanovic balled out with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, but the Utes shot only 39.1% from the floor overall. Which Pac-12 team will earn a conference victory on Sunday night?

Utah vs Cal Odds & Spread

Utah enters this contest as a massive home favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 127.5 points, which is below average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

Utah vs Cal Betting Trends

  • Utah is 13-11-0 against the spread this year.
  • The Utes' ATS record as 14.5-point favorites or more is 4-2.
  • This year, nine of Utah's 24 games have hit the over.
  • Cal has nine wins in 21 games against the spread this year.
  • The Golden Bears are unbeaten ATS (2-0) as a 14.5-point underdog or more this year.
  • Cal has played 21 games this season, and 10 of them have hit the over.
Utah Rank Utah AVG Cal AVG Cal Rank
195th 70.8 Points Scored 59.6 358th
21st 62.4 Points Allowed 68.3 149th
22nd 36.0 Rebounds 27.5 356th
126th 9.2 Off. Rebounds 6.8 311th
210th 7.2 3pt Made 5.0 350th
68th 14.9 Assists 9.9 354th
160th 11.9 Turnovers 12.5 226th

Utah vs Cal Prediction & Pick

It's not hard to see why this game lines up as a mismatch. California ranks last in the Pac-12 in points per game (59.6) and shooting percentage (41.0%). On the other side, Utah ranks 16th in the entire country when it comes to defensive efficiency. The Utes should shut the Golden Bears down.

That's not the only area where Utah has an edge, either. The Utes are averaging a reliable 78.4 points per home game and now get to face a Golden Bears defense that allows an opponent shooting percentage of 45.3% (No. 264 in NCAA). This one should be a blowout by the time it ends.

California has lost nine straight road games and I don't see that streak ending on Sunday night.

Final Score Prediction: Utah: 74 | California: 53

Utah vs Cal Best Bet

Everything points to a get-right win for Utah here. Head coach Craig Smith's team has suffered back-to-back frustrating losses and needs to get back on track in Pac-12 play. Beating up on a team that has posted a dismal -8.7 average scoring margin (No. 330 in NCAA) is the perfect way to do that.

California is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games and got wrecked on its home court by this Utah team back on Dec. 29 (58-43 final score). Utah is also 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven Sunday home games and should benefit from enough Cal turnovers/missed shots to cover the large spread.

Bet: Utah Utes -16.5 (-120)

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