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Go with UCLA To Take Care of Struggling Utah

UCLA seems to be figuring things out with the Bruins taking a six-game winning streak into the matchup with Utah. The Bruins are favored to even the season series according to the NCAAB expert picks.

Utah snapped a seven-game losing streak to UCLA with a 46-point home win as the 8½-point favorite. UCLA goes after its fourth home win in a row against the Utes. The Bruins are listed by the college basketball spread as a 2½-point favorite.

Go with UCLA To Take Care of Struggling Utah
Go with UCLA To Take Care of Struggling Utah

UCLA is 105th in the NCAA NET rankings as a result of its 0-6 record in Quad 1 games. Utah is 49th in the NCAA NET rankings.

UCLA began the season at +3000 in the odds to win March Madness. The odds of winning the national title have moved to +20000. Utah has gone from +30000 to +8000 in the championship odds.

Keep on reading for more on the matchup between Utah and UCLA.

Utah vs UCLA Game Information

1. Game: Utah (15-10, 6-8 Pac-12) vs UCLA (14-11, 9-5 Pac-12)
2. Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. ET
3. Location: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles. CA
4. Utah vs UCLA Live Stream: TBS.com

 

The Bruins are 5-4 outright when favored at home. UCLA is 1-8 against the spread as a home favorite this season. Utah is 1-4 outright and ATS as a road underdog.

The NCAA basketball lines have UCLA priced at -150 to win the game outright with the Utes at +130 on the Moneyline.

Utah vs UCLA Odds and Spreads


1. UCLA is 7-1-1 against the spread in its last nine games.
2. Utah has won just two of its eight games when listed as the underdog.
3. UCLA is 8-4 as the favorite.
4. The Utes have covered in only one of Utah’s seven road games.
5. Only four of UCLA‘s home contests went over the total.
6. The Utes have covered in only one of the last seven games.
7. Utah has failed to cover in its last six road games.
8. The Bruins are 13-5-1 ATS over the last 19 games against Pac-12 teams.

 

Utah vs UCLA ATS Pick: UCLA -2½ (-110)

Utah takes a three-game losing streak into the game. The streak began with a near upset against Arizona before falling in overtime. The Utes fell to Arizona State and USC in the last two games.

It might be asking a bit much to snap the losing streak against a UCLA team that is tied for the second-longest active winning streak in the Pac-12. The way Utah rolled past the Bruins earlier this season should provide UCLA with plenty of motivation in the rematch.

Guard Rollie Worster, the fourth-leading scorer for Utah, hasn’t played since Jan. 11. The Utes are 3-6 without Worster on the court.

Utah vs UCLA Over/Under Pick: Under 135 (-110)

Watching UCLA games can make one’s eyes bleed as the style of play is starting to look like what head coach Mick Cronin had when he coached at Cincinnati.

In UCLA’s last two games, there were 121 and 124 combined points scored. That is something to consider when looking at the best college basketball bets today.

Utah shot just 37% from the field the last time out and it could be another tough shooting game for the Utes.

UCLA is 27th in defensive efficiency while Utah ranks in the top 50 in both offensive and defensive efficiency according to the Pomeroy college basketball ratings. Expect points to be hard to come by in this matchup.

Utah vs UCLA Player Prop Pick: Sebastian Mack To Score 15+ points (+123)

Freshman Sebastian Mack has 16 and 19 points in his last two home games for UCLA. He is shooting 44% at home compared to only 35% on the road. Look for Mack to be more productive than when he had eight points on 2-of-13 shooting in the first game of the season between the teams.

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Utah vs UCLA Prediction

UCLA 67, Utah 62

 

 

Questions of the Day

How has UCLA fared against the spread at home against Utah?


UCLA has covered in six of its last nine home games against Utah.

What is a good player prop option for Utah against UCLA?


Keba Keita had 14 points the last time Utah faced UCLA. He is averaging 12.3 points over his last three games so going with the sophomore at +108 to have at least 11 points is a solid bet.

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