California UCLA Betting Preview
UCLA Bruins vs California Golden Bears Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Haas Pavilion Thursday as host California looks to handle the UCLA Bruins in NCAA hoops action.
The Golden Bears sport records of 14-9 and 8-12-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bruins have 18-6 and 9-14 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-13 for the Golden Bears and 10-10 for the Bruins.
Bettors looking to back visiting UCLA before tip-off in this one found them as 1-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Bears sit at No. 69 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bruins sit at No. 43 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bruins will win this game 77-72.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bruins is ranked No. 64 in NCAA hoops at 37.4 per game. Contrast that with California’s No. 89 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, California is the No. 333-ranked team in the country at 4.1 per game, while UCLA rates No. 318 at 4.5 per game.
Defensively, UCLA features the nation's No. 178-rated defense on the road, allowing 70 points per game. California, meanwhile, comes in at No. 198 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, UCLA was a 76-62 winner at home against Washington State. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. The Bruins grabbed a 76-62 win over the Cougars on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from Shabazz Muhammad at Pauley Pavilion.
California won its last outing, a 77-69 result against Arizona on February 10. They covered in that game as a 12.5-point underdog. The Golden Bears used a 31-point performance from Allen Crabbe to help California smack Arizona 77-69 on Sunday at McKale Center.
UCLA Bruins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Stanford are 9-1
After playing Washington State are 3-7
After a win are 8-2
California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing USC are 2-8
After playing Arizona are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
A few Bruins at Golden Bears trends to consider:
UCLA is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UCLA's last 5 games when playing on the road against California
UCLA is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against California
UCLA is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of California's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of California's last 6 games when playing UCLA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of California's last 5 games when playing at home against UCLA
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of California's last 9 games
UCLA at Stanford, Saturday, February 16
California home to USC, Sunday, February 17