Washington State at UCLA: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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UCLA Bruins (9-2) vs Washington State Cougars (9-2)
Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -10.5 -- Over/Under: 129 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Washington State Cougars have gotten out to a fast start to the season and coming into this game they sit with a 9-2 record. Even with all the success, Washington State has lost two of their last three games. On the season, Washington State is averaging 69.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 62 points per game. In the last game against Stanford the offense could only manage 60 points and that led to the defeat. Washington State is led by Isaac Bonton who averages 17.7 points and shoots 35.8 percent from the field and 29 percent deep.
On the other side of this matchup is the UCLA Bruins who have found success this season and coming into this game they have won four games in a row. The UCLA Bruins have covered the spread in each of the three games. In the last game against Arizona, the offense was elite putting up 81 points and that led to the victory. On the season, UCLA is averaging 76.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.6 points per game. UCLA is shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from behind the three point line. UCLA is led by Jaime Jaquez Jr. who averages 12.8 points and shoots 48.5 percent from the field and 46.2 percent deep.
The over is 7-1 in Washington State’s last eight games against the Pac-12. The over is 7-3 in Washington State’s last 10 games played on Thursday. UCLA is 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine home games. Washington State is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 meetings against UCLA.
Washington State struggled in the last game but this is a big bounce-back spot for them. Look for the Cougars' defense to slow down UCLA’s offense and that will be enough for them to come away with a cover of this spread.