Yale at Harvard Free Pick & Analysis

by | Feb 3, 2023 | cbb

Yale (14-6 SU 10-7 ATS) vs. Harvard (12-9 SU 11-8 ATS)
When: Friday, February 3rd: 5:00 ET
Where: Lavietes Pavilion Cambridge, MA
Point Spread: Yale -3/ Har +3 (Deposit $100 and get $100 FREE when you use bonus promo code PREDICT100 at MyBookie Sportsbook!)
Total: 133.5
Money Line: Yale Bulldogs -160/Harvard Crimson +131

The Yale Bulldogs head to Cambridge to take on the Harvard Crimson in Friday night Ivy League action. Yale will look for their first conference road win, while Harvard will hope to build on their 2-1 record at the Lavietes Pavilion. The NCAA betting board list Harvard as a -3 spread favorite, with the total line offered up at 134.

Line Movement

Today’s spread line opened as high as Harvard -3.5 but can now be found at -2.5 to -3 at the sportsbooks we track. The total line has been on the move hitting the board at 132 and now all the way up to 134.

Last Game Info

Yale picked up a victory over Princeton by a score of 87-65. Heading into the game, the Bulldogs were favored to win, with a point spread of -3. The combined 152 points finished above the 140 total line.

Harvard most recently fell to Penn (83-68). Not only did the Crimson lose straight-up, but they picked up an ATS defeat as +3 point underdogs. The combined 151 points finished above the 135 total line.

Current Form

Over their last five games, Yale has a straight-up record of 4-1 while going 1-3-1 vs. the spread. Over this stretch, the Bulldogs’ offense averages 75.6 points per game while hitting 49.6% of their shots from the field. On the defensive end of the floor, they have allowed opponents to shoot 44.2% from the field while allowing 70.8 points per contest.

In their previous five contests, Harvard is 2-3 straight up and 3-2 vs. the spread. In these five games, they have a scoring average of 69.8 points per game on a shooting percentage of 43.9%. Defensively, they allow teams to hit 42.7% of their shots while giving up 68.2 points per game.

Average Power Rating Of Opponents Played

This season, the combined power rating of Yale’s opponents comes in at 73.2. On the other side, Harvard’s combined opponent power rating sits at 73.6.

How Does Yale Fare On The Road?

For the season, the Bulldogs have played 11 road games and have a record of 6-5. In these contests, Yale is 7-4 vs. the spread. Offensively, they have averaged 70.0 points per game on a shooting percentage of 45.7%. On defense, the Bulldogs allow 64.6 points per contest when playing away from home. So far, opposing teams have a field goal percentage of 41.0% in these games.

How Does Harvard Fare At Home?

In their nine games at home, Harvard has a 4-4 record vs. the spread while going 5-4 straight-up. On offense, the Crimson is shooting 47.9% on their home floor, leading to 68.4 points per game. Defensively, opponents are shooting 38.2% in these contests. The Harvard defense is allowing 65.0 points per game at home.

Offense vs. Defense

For the season, Yale is averaging 72.3 points per game (166th) while posting an overall field goal percentage of 44.5%. In today’s game, they will be matched up against a Harvard defense that has allowed an average of 65.5 points per contest. This year, opponents have hit 39.5% of their shots vs. Harvard. On the other side, the Harvard Crimson are coming into the game averaging 71.5 points per game on a shooting percentage of 43.2%. The Crimson will be facing a defensive unit allowing an average of 61.6 points per contest. So far, teams have hit 38.2% of their shots vs. the Bulldogs.

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Three-Point Shooting

From beyond the arc, Yale has a shooting percentage of 33.0% while ranking 440th in attempts per game. The Bulldogs will be facing a Harvard defense that has a 3-point field goal shooting percentage allowed of 29.2%. Harvard enters the game having hit 32.9% of their looks from deep while averaging 8.5 made 3’s per game. On the other end, Yale has allowed opponents to hit 30.7% of their shots from beyond the arc.

Injuries Of Note


  • No Reported Injuries


  • No Reported Injuries

Pick Against The Spread

I’m going to take a shot on Harvard. They knocked off a good Cornell shooting the lights out 60.4%, two back and last at home, and may have been a little over-confident in their next game at Penn. Yale has some wins on the road but hasn’t beaten much and even lost to Columbia, giving them their only conference win. I’m taking the public side on this one. Take Harvard +3. Bet your NCAA basketball predictions for FREE this week by scoring a 50% real cash bonus up to $250 in free wagers at the web’s best online sportsbook —> Bovada! They do all the important stuff perfectly! They’re live betting platform is incredible, wins get updated immediately after games are over, they pay fast and have a massive menu of prop bets each day! Click here to check them out!