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UCLA Bruins visit Utah Utes in college basketball clash

UCLA BruinsUtah Utes
14-3January 18, 2014, 04:00 | Jon M. Huntsman Center13-4

The Utah Utes will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the UCLA Bruins at Jon M. Huntsman Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Utes currently sports a 13-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 10-2 ATS. The Bruins are 14-3 and 10-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Utes produce a 5-7 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bruins have gone 7-8-1 against the number.

View UCLA Bruins vs Utah Utes Odds and Stats.

The Bruins were listed as -2.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 55-ranked Utes and the No. 17-rated Bruins in this matchup.

UCLA was a 69-56 winner in its last match on the road against Colorado. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. Norman Powell scored 19 points leading the Bruins to a 69-56 victory over Colorado at Coors Events Center on Thursday.

In their last action, Utah was an 84-66 winner at home against USC. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites. The Utes grabbed an 84-66 win over the Trojans on Thursday, behind a 22-point effort from Delon Wright at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Utah's No. 19-ranked scoring average of 81.41 PPG, against a Bruins defense rated No. 141 and allowing 69.94 PPG. The Utes FG% has averaged 51.19% to date this season, more than the Bruins shooters have managed so far (50.63% per game).

A few Bruins at Utes trends to consider:
UCLA is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
UCLA is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
UCLA is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
UCLA is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Utah is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games
Utah is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next up:
UCLA home to Stanford, Thursday, January 23rd
Utah at Arizona State, Thursday, January 23rd