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Pac 12 Tournament - NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Sun Devils underdogs vs Bruins at UCLA

Arizona State Sun DevilsUCLA Bruins
March 14, 3:00 PM | MGM Grand Garden Arena

Arizona State Sun Devils vs UCLA Bruins Odds

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The UCLA Bruins hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Arizona State Sun Devils pay a visit to MGM Grand Garden Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

This game is part of the Pac 12 Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (MGM Grand Garden Arena).

The Bruins sit at 23-8 (13-17 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Sun Devils are currently 21-11 (16-10-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? UCLA is 12-15 OU, and Arizona State is 8-16 OU.

View Arizona State vs UCLA Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bruins installed as 4-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 42-rated Bruins and the No. 101-ranked Sun Devils, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 77-75 result in favor of the Bruins.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Sun Devils is ranked No. 114 in NCAA hoops at 36 per game. Contrast that with UCLA’s No. 86 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, UCLA is the No. 301-ranked team in the country at 4.9 per game, while Arizona State rates No. 81 at 7.1 per game.

Defensively, Arizona State features the nation's No. 212-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.1 points per game. UCLA, meanwhile, comes in at No. 38 nationally in scoring at home.

Arizona State was an 89-88 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Stanford. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Jahii Carson went off for 34 points and added 3 rebounds for good measure, leading Arizona State to an 89-88 win over Stanford on Wednesday at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

UCLA won its last outing, a 61-54 result against Washington on March 9. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. UCLA earned a 61-54 victory over Washington on Saturday, getting 21 points from Shabazz Muhammad at Alaska Airlines Arena.