Arizona at UCLA: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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UCLA Bruins (14-5) vs Arizona Wildcats (14-7)
Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -2 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at Pauley Pavilion.
The Arizona Wildcats sit with a 14-7 record overall but they have lost three of their last four games and each of the three losses they have failed to cover the spread. In the last game against Oregon the offense only scored 61 points and that led to the defeat. Arizona on the season is averaging 76.5 points while their defense is giving up 68.1 points per game. Arizona is shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from behind the three point line. James Akinjo has been the best player for Arizona averaging 14.3 points while shooting 36.5 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the UCLA Bruins who sit with a 14-5 record overall but they have lost two of their last three games. In the last game against Washington, it was closer than it probably should have been as they won by only three points. On the season, UCLA is averaging 73 points per game while their defense is giving up 67.5 points per game. UCLA is shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from behind the three point line. Johnny Juzang has been the best player for UCLA averaging 14.2 points while shooting 40.2 percent from the field.
UCLA is 11-4-1 against the spread in their last 16 home games. The underdog is 17-4 against the spread in the last 21 home games played between the two teams. Arizona is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine meetings played against UCLA in California.
It doesn’t matter that ARizona is the better team, UCLA is the better team and they should have no issue getting the job done in this game. Look for UCLA’s defense to lock down and that will lead to the Bruins coming away with a victory.