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Bet on UCLA’s Defense to Keep It Close vs Washington on February 29

UCLA had been making room for itself near the top of the standings before the conference tournament started, but back-to-back losses have changed that. That has also changed NCAAB odds going into this next matchup on the road against Washington.

In the Bruins’s last game, they lost to a slumping USC at home, 62-56, splitting the two-game series with their in-state rival. The Huskies also lost their last game, losing 91-75 on the road against Arizona, one of the best teams in the nation.

Bet on UCLA’s Defense to Keep It Close vs Washington on February 29
Bet on UCLA’s Defense to Keep It Close vs Washington on February 29

UCLA vs Washington Game Information

1. Game: UCLA (14-13, 9-7 PAC12) vs Washington (15-13, 7-10)
2. Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 29, 10:30 p.m. ET
3. Location: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA
4. UCLA vs Washington Live Stream: TBS.com

 

UCLA has dominated Washington, winning their last nine matchups. That could affect college basketball predictions, especially when UCLA already beat Washington this season, 73-61, at home.

UCLA vs Washington Odds and Spreads

1. UCLA is 8-0 ATS in their last eight games as an underdog.
2. UCLA is 7-0 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
3. UCLA is 5-0 ATS in their last five road games.
4. The Under is 6-0 in UCLA’s last six games following a straight-up loss.

 

UCLA vs Washington ATS Pick: UCLA +3½

This seems perfect for Washington to end its nine-game losing streak against UCLA. The Huskies will be the home team after the Bruins lost two big games on their home court.

However, it might not be as simple as that. UCLA has found some success on the road this season, with a 5-4 record, winning the last three. The Bruins have only lost to Arizona, beating Arizona State, USC, Stanford, and California in the previous five road games.

UCLA’s defense is a big reason for that success on the road. The Bruins allow 64 points per game, the lowest in the Pac-12. When facing conference opponents, the Bruins still have the best defense, allowing 65.4 points per game.

The only reason why NCAAB picks might not side with UCLA to win this game is because the offense has struggled overall. That puts the Bruins at a disadvantage to pull off the upset, but they should be able to cover the spread, doing so in seven of their last 10 games.

UCLA vs Washington Over/Under Pick: Under 139 (-105)

Looking at the over/under for college basketball picks could be weird for this matchup. Despite an elite defense and a subpar offense, UCLA has hit the over in six of its last 10 games. Part of that could be because the sportsbook is already considering the team’s defense will force a low-scoring game, and accounting for that.

However, the under for this game still seems to be the best betting option. While Washington does have an exciting offense, averaging 80.8 points per game, it relies heavily on one player. Keion Brooks has been consistently a top scorer in the Pac-12 this season, averaging 21 points per game, but UCLA could focus on him, slowing down Washington’s offense.

UCLA vs Washington Player Prop Pick: Keion Brooks Under 18½ Points (-107)

Given how well UCLA’s defense has played this season, and Brooks being the main offensive threat, there is a good chance it tries to slow him down. The Bruins will try to make someone else on Washington’s roster beat them, which they did in the first matchup. Brooks only took nine shots in 33 minutes, averaging 14.5 per game, leading to 12 points.

 

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UCLA vs Washington Score Prediction

Washington 68, UCLA 66

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Can UCLA break back into the top four of the Pac-12?


UCLA being in the top four in the Pac-12 will be crucial for the conference tournament and March Madness, but the last two losses have dampened their chances.

Does Washington have a chance to beat UCLA?


Washington could end its nine-game losing streak against UCLA, being favored and the home team. But if you’re betting online, take UCLA ATS.

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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