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Golden Bears open as college hoops underdog vs Bruins

California Golden BearsUCLA Bruins
Jan 3, 11:00 PM | Pauley Pavilion

California Golden Bears vs UCLA Bruins Odds


UCLA will look to improve on its 10-3 record on Thursday when they host California in NCAA basketball odds action at Pauley Pavilion.

The Golden Bears will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 3-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Bruins are 4-8 ATS. California is 4-5 on the totals; UCLA is 6-3.

View California vs UCLA Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with UCLA in this one found them as 7-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 60-rated Bruins and the No. 66-ranked Golden Bears, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 83-78 result in favor of the Bruins.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Golden Bears rank No. 32 in NCAA Division 1 with 40.2 per game. That compares with UCLA’s No. 41 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where UCLA is college basketball's No. 276-ranked team at 5 per game, while the Golden Bears rate No. 337 with 3.7 per game.

Defensively, California features the nation's No. 178-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. UCLA, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, California was a 67-62 loser at home against Harvard. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. Allen Crabbe went off for 27 points and added 7 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Harvard handed California a 67-62 defeat at Haas Pavilion.

UCLA was a 97-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against Missouri. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Bruins got a terrific 27-point effort from Shabazz Muhammad as UCLA defeated Missouri 97-94 on Friday at Pauley Pavilion.

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing USC are 2-8
After playing Harvard are 1-0
After a loss are 6-4

UCLA Bruins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Stanford are 9-1
After a win are 6-4

A few Golden Bears at Bruins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of California's last 9 games when playing on the road against UCLA
California is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against UCLA
California is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
UCLA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of UCLA's last 5 games when playing California
The total has gone OVER in 8 of UCLA's last 9 games when playing at home against California
UCLA is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
California at USC, Saturday, January 5
UCLA home to Stanford, Saturday, January 5