UCLA vs. Utah - 2/2/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Utah Runnin' Utes (12-8) at UCLA Bruins (11-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -3.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the Pauley Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
The Utah Utes will look to rebound after a 56-52 loss to USC last time out. Timmy Allen led the Utes with 13 points along with team-highs of 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals while Branden Carlson added 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting and Riley Battin and Rylan Jones each had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Utah in the losing effort. Battin added a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of steals while Johes had 3 assists. Allen leads Utah in scoring and rebounding with an average of 18.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while Jones leads the Utes in assists with 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Utah is averaging 74.2 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the 3-point line and 74.4% from the foul line this season.
The UCLA Bruins will look to build on a 72-68 win over Colorado last time out. Chris Smith led the Bruins with 30 points on 8 of 16 with a 13 of 15 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 steals while Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 13 points with 7 rebounds and Prince Ali added 11 points with 3 threes and 5 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for UCLA in the win. Smith leads UCLA in scoring with an average of 13 points per game while Jalen Hill leads the Bruins in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game and Tyger Campbell leads UCLA in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 69.6 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.
Utah is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. UCLA is 13-28 ATS in their last 41 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 7-3-1 in their last 11 home games. The home team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not a huge fan of UCLA, I think that’s somewhat well known, but I’m even less of a fan of Utah on the road this season. The Utes are averaging just 63.5 points per game on the road and are being outscored by 15.8 points per game on the road this season while UCLA is still outscoring teams by 6.3 points per game at home and allowing just 65.7 points per game. I just think this is a spot that the Bruins can build on the win over Colorado, so I’ll lay the points with UCLA in this spot.