California vs. UCLA - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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California (14-18) at UCLA (19-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: UCLA -7.5 -- Over/Under: 127.5
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The California Golden Bears (14-18, CONF 8-11) and UCLA Bruins (19-12, CONF 12-6) face off on Thursday at the Pac 12 tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UCLA has won the last six games against Cal and they have also covered the last three spreads.
California has had struggles this season but they won their first round game in the Pac 12 tournament against Stanford. California has the most success when their defense is strong and against Stanford the defense locked down giving up only 51 points and that was enough to win the game.
Over the last ten games California has won only three games, but they have covered five of the spreads.
On offense against Stanford it was guard Matt Bradley who put up 18 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
Just a few months ago UCLA looked dead and out but the last month they have figured it out and they are playing better. Over the last ten games, UCLA has won eight games, but they did lose their last game by two points against USC.
Over the last five games UCLA is averaging 67 points per game while the defense is giving up 62 points per game. Overall this season the defense is giving 67.7 points per game so a better defense is good news.
UCLA is led by Chris Smith who is averaging 13.1 points while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. In the last game against USC, Smith only scored 12 points.
The offense needs to be good, but the defense is probably going to be key for them in this game. If they give up 60 or less points in this game, UCLA should be in good shape to come away with a win.
In this game look for that UCLA defense to be good and Cal is going to struggle. Look for Cal to finish with less than 50 points and that will be enough for the Bruins to cover the spread.