Yale vs Harvard Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 3 (Defense Dominates in Ivy League Showdown)

Yale vs Harvard Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 3 (Defense Dominates in Ivy League Showdown)


Yale vs Harvard Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Yale (14-6, 4-3 Ivy League) vs. Harvard (12-9, 3-4 Ivy League)
  • Date: Friday, February 3, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Lavietes Pavilion -- Boston, Massachusetts

Friday, Feb. 3's NCAA college basketball slate features some Ivy League action as the Yale Bulldogs are set to visit the Harvard Crimson at 5 p.m. ET.

Yale has been playing some fantastic basketball, winning for the fourth time in its last five outings with an 87-65 win over Princeton on Saturday. Meanwhile, Harvard has struggled to find consistency as of late and enters tonight's matchup following an 83-68 loss to Pennsylvania.

Can Yale continue its winning ways on the road? Or will Harvard step up to the plate and pull off the upset?

Yale vs Harvard Odds & Spread

Harvard enters this contest as the slight road favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 131.5 points with the over favored at -115 odds.

Yale vs Harvard Betting Trends

  • Yale's record against the spread is 11-7-0.
  • Against the spread as 3.5-point favorites or more, the Bulldogs are 6-5.
  • This year, six of Yale's 18 games have hit the over.
  • Harvard is 11-8-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Crimson have an ATS record of 5-1 as 3.5-point underdogs or greater.
  • This year, six of Harvard's 19 games have gone over the point total.
Yale Rank Yale AVG Harvard AVG Harvard Rank
88th 75.5 Points Scored 67.9 279th
16th 61.6 Points Allowed 65.5 69th
30th 35.8 Rebounds 35.2 39th
105th 9.5 Off. Rebounds 10 69th
155th 7.7 3pt Made 6.7 263rd
42nd 15.4 Assists 13.7 142nd
76th 11.1 Turnovers 13.1 277th

Yale vs Harvard Prediction & Pick

Yale already proved earlier this season that it could handle Harvard, picking up a 58-54 victory over its rival on Jan. 7. The Bulldogs have now won four of their last six games against the Crimson, also improving to 15-4 in their last 19 Ivy League matchups in the process.

I don't see this outcome being any different from the last meeting. Yale has the advantage on both ends of the court, scoring 72.3 PPG (No. 124) while only allowing 63.1 PPG (No. 24). For comparison, Harvard puts up 67.5 points per contest (T-No. 248) while surrendering 66.0 PPG (T-No. 66).

Furthermore, the Bulldogs rarely lose when the odds are in their favor, going 10-2 as the favorite. Meanwhile, the Crimson are only 3-7 as underdogs.

With recent momentum also being on Yale's side, look for the road team to add to its win total tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Yale: 67 | Harvard: 60

Yale vs Harvard Best Bet

Though the over is favored on the 131.5-point total, I'm siding with the under in this contest. First of all, Yale and Harvard are only allowing a combined 129.1 PPG this season. Secondly, the under is 10-3 in the Bulldogs' last 13 road games while the Crimson have experienced fewer points than projected in six of their last seven at home.

If that isn't convincing enough, Yale and Harvard have also averaged just 115.3 points in their last three clashes, finishing with fewer than 131.5 in all three. After a defense-heavy clash last month, expect another low-scoring affair tonight.

Bet: Under 131.5 Points (-105)

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