Utah State at Colorado State odds, picks and prediction
The Utah State Aggies (10-5, 1-1 MWC) visit the Colorado State Rams (11-1, 1-1) for a Wednesday night Mountain West tilt in Fort Collins, Colo. The battle at Moby Arena will tip off at 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Utah State vs. Colorado State odds and lines and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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Utah State shot a lights-out 55.0% in its last game, a 90-87 overtime triumph at New Mexico Saturday. The Aggies are a good shooting team overall but one with wild swings in 3-point and free-throw accuracy game by game. Overall, their 55.8% effective field-goal rate ranks 15th in the nation.
The Rams dropped out of the top 25 after they were blitzed by 30 (79-49) in a loss at San Diego State Saturday. The MWC's second-leading scoring team (79.2 points per game) shot a season-low 27.9% from the field at SDSU. Colorado State now returns to its home floor where it hasn't lost since Jan. 29, a streak of 10 straight games.
Utah State at Colorado State odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Utah State +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Colorado State -250 (bet $250 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Utah State +5.5 (-108) | Colorado State -5.5 (-112)
- Over/Under (O/U): 150.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)
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Utah State at Colorado State odds, lines, picks and predictions
Colorado State 79, Utah State 72
This is a generous price compared to the market, Colorado State has a much better offense and takes care of the ball. The Rams' last two games - a non-cover at home and a blowout loss on the road - came after a three-week layoff due to COVID-19 protocols. Look for a rebound effort on a home floor where CSU carries a hefty advantage.
Utah State trades offensive rebounds for 3-point shooting, but the Aggies have gone just 5-for-35 (14.3%) from distance over their last two games.
TAKE THE RAMS (-250).
The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five USU-CSU meetings.
More risk-averse bettors may want to consider COLORADO STATE -5.5 (-112) instead of the outright play above. USU is without the services of senior G Brock Miller (back injury). Miller is the Aggies' third-leading scorer and one of their top threats from 3-point range. His absence cuts into USU's probability of a back-door cover.
The Over is 6-1 in the Aggies' last seven road games.
Both teams play at a moderate pace, but offense is their bread-and-butter. Tag the OVER 150.5 (-110) with a heavy lean since it has steamed up three points this afternoon.
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