The Yale Bulldogs open the second half of their Ivy League schedule on Friday just one game out of first place as they take on the Harvard Crimson, who are also in the mix at two games behind co-leading Princeton and Cornell. The Bulldogs (14-6, 4-3), who sport a three-game winning streak and are tied for third with Dartmouth, are 4-5 on the road this season. The Crimson (12-9, 3-4), who are tied for fifth with Pennsylvania and Brown, are 5-3 on their home court in 2022-2023. Yale won the first meeting with Harvard 58-54 on Jan. 7.
The game from Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, Mass., will tip off at 5 p.m. ET. Yale is averaging 75.5 points per game, while Harvard averages 67.9. The Bulldogs are 3-point favorites in the latest Yale vs. Harvard odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 132. Before locking in any Harvard vs. Yale picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Harvard vs. Yale and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Yale vs. Harvard:
- Yale vs. Harvard spread: Yale -3
- Yale vs. Harvard over/under: 132 points
- Yale vs. Harvard money line: Yale -165, Harvard +140
- YALE: The Bulldogs are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games following an ATS win
- HARV: The Crimson are 5-0 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record
- Yale vs. Harvard picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Yale can cover
Junior guard August Mahoney has stepped up his game of late, scoring in double figures in three straight. His production coincides with the Bulldogs' win streak, as he scored 20 points in the 81-78 win over Brown on Jan. 16, and followed that up with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists in a 70-63 win over Pennsylvania. Mahoney then scored 15 points against Princeton on Saturday in the 87-65 victory. For the year, he is averaging 10.4 points, three rebounds and 1.6 assists. He is also connecting on 50.4% of his field goals, including a blistering 47.6% from 3-point range, and 95.1% from the free-throw line.
Senior forward EJ Jarvis was dominant in the first meeting with Harvard, nearly posting a double-double with 18 points and eight rebounds. He has two on the season, including a 14-point and 10-rebound performance in the win over Penn. He also registered 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 76-44 win at Monmouth on Dec. 22. For the season, Jarvis averages 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
Why Harvard can cover
Senior forward Chris Ledlum has been on fire of late, scoring 20 or more points in three of the last four games. In Saturday's loss at Pennsylvania, he scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds before fouling out. He had 24 points and eight rebounds on Jan. 21 in a 95-89 victory over Cornell, and registered a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds against Columbia on Jan. 14. For the season, he is averaging 19.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals and one block per game. He scored 15 points in the first meeting with Yale.
The Crimson are also led by senior guard Idan Tretout, who averages 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and two assists per game. Tretout game up big in the first meeting with the Bulldogs, scoring 15 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists. He has also reached double-figure scoring in each of the four games since then. He scored 17 points and grabbed four boards in the win over Cornell.
How to make Harvard vs. Yale picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 136 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
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