UCLA Arizona Pac 12 Betting Preview
Each of the last four games between the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats have turned into UNDER results for totals bettors as those Pac-12 teams hit the hardwood on Thursday.
Arizona and UCLA last met in last year's Pac-12 conference tournament, with the Wildcats winning that matchup by a score of 66-58 as a 3-point underdog on the college hoops betting lines. Arizona is 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS over their past five meetings.
The Wildcats currently sports a 16-1 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 8-7 ATS. The Bruins are 15-4 and 7-11 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wildcats produce a 3-10-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bruins have gone 7-8 against the number.
The visitors opened as 10.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 16 (Wildcats) and the No. 53 (Bruins) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 85-80 result in favor of the Wildcats has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arizona's No. 36-ranked offense, averaging 75.8 PPG, against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 219 at 68.3 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 46.3% so far, less than the Bruins marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.6% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, UCLA owns the country's No. 121-rated mark, allowing 67.2 points per game on the highway. Arizona, on the other hand, rates No. 53 in scoring at home.
Last time out for UCLA, they were a 76-67 loser as they battled Oregon at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Travis Wear scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Bruins to a win (they lost 76-67 to Oregon at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday).
Last time out for Arizona, they were a 71-54 winner as they battled Arizona State on the road. They covered in the match as a 7-point favorite. The Wildcats grabbed a 71-54 win over the Sun Devils on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Mark Lyons at Wells Fargo Arena.
UCLA Bruins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Arizona State are 6-4
After playing Oregon are 9-1
After a loss are 9-1
Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing USC are 6-4
After playing Arizona State are 6-4
After a win are 9-1
A few Bruins at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UCLA's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UCLA's last 6 games when playing on the road against Arizona
UCLA is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Arizona
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Arizona is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games
Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against UCLA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing UCLA
UCLA at Arizona State, Saturday, January 26
Arizona home to USC, Saturday, January 26