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Picks, predictions for UCLA vs. Utah on Thursday, February 23

The Bruins will look to keep their winning streak going as road favorites on Thursday night.

UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Clark (0) dribbles the ball against the California Golden Bears in a college basketball game at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 4 UCLA Bruins will hit the road for a matchup with the Utah Utes on Thursday night from Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will get started at 11:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on FS1.

I’m coming off a night where the picks went 6-0, so let’s take a look at the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook and make some picks.

UCLA vs. Utah odds

Spread: UCLA -7
Over/Under: 131.5
Moneyline: UCLA -305, Utah +255

UCLA (23-4, 14-2 Pac-12) hasn’t lost in February and will look to extend its winning streak to seven games on Thursday night. The Bruins are coming off a 78-43 domination over the California Golden Bears on Saturday despite big men Kenneth Nwuba (hip) and Abramo Canka (non-COVID illness) being held out of that victory. UCLA rates second overall in KenPom, including second in adjusted defensive efficiency and 24th offensively.

Utah (17-11, 10-7 Pac-12) lost consecutive games including a 67-59 road defeat against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday. Branden Carlson, Lazar Stefanovic and Marco Anthony all scored a team-high 12 points in the loss. Leading assist man Rollie Worster (ankle) is unlikely to be available after leaving Saturday’s game, and Gabe Madsen (lower leg) has been without second-leading scorer Gabe Madsen (lower leg) since January 28th. Utah rates 54th overall in KenPom including a 34th-rated defense in adjusted efficiency, and the Utes are 100th offensively.

The Pick: Utah +7

This is a huge week for the Utes as they return home following consecutive road losses. Barely holding on to bubble status for the NCAA Tournament, this is pretty much a must-win situation for Utah. The strong motivation edge in this spot is a significant reason the Utes will cover this number with a big head start at home.