UCLA at Cal: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

UCLA at Cal: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

California Golden Bears (9-6) vs UCLA Bruins (9-1)

Game Info: Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)

Betting Odds: California Golden Bears +9.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UCLA Bruins and Cal Golden Bears face off on Saturday in a Pac-12 college basketball showdown at the Haas Pavillion. When these two teams faced off in January of 2021 it was UCLA that won 61-57. 

UCLA comes into this game with a 9-1 record and their last game against Long Beach State was a strong game. The offense was elite scoring 96 points and that led to the 18 point victory. UCLA likes to push the pace and they are averaging 82.6 points while their defense is giving up 66.8 points per game. Johnny Juzang has been the top player for UCLA averaging 16.7 points while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from the field. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Cal Golden Bears who sit with a 9-6 record overall but their last one was a struggle against USC. The offense only managed 63 points while their defense gave up 77 points. Cal is averaging 66.6 points while their defense is giving up 62.7 points per game. Guard Jordan Shepherd has been the top player for Cal averaging 14.6 points while shooting 37.6 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from the field. In this game, if Cal wants any chance to come away with the victory the defense is going to need to be strong. 

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UCLA is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight road games. UCLA is 3-12 against the spread in their last 15 games against the Pac-12. Cal is 8-2 against the spread in their last ten games overall. The under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between the two teams. 

When these two teams face off the under has been a strong play, and Cal knows to keep in this game they are going to need the defense to be good, and the pace to be slow. Look for Cal to really slow down the pace, and this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under to cash with ease. In terms of the side I do believe Cal will find a way to cover the spread.

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