USC at UCLA - 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

USC at UCLA - 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Bruins (22-6) vs USC Trojans (25-5)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -7.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The USC Trojans will travel to play the UCLA Bruins in a Pac-12 game on Saturday night.

The USC Trojans are 25-5 (14-5) this season and have won six of their last seven games. USC is coming off of a loss against Arizona by a score of 91-71. USC allowed Arizona to shoot 55.6% from the field and gave up 12 made three pointers in the loss. Max Agbonkpolo led the Trojans with 14 points and 3 rebounds in the game. USC is averaging 73.4 points per game and is giving up 65.7 points per game against, while also averaging 40.7 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game. Isaiah Mobley is averaging 14.4 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game, while Drew Peterson is averaging 12.4 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Trojans. USC is shooting 45.4% on field goals, 66.7% on free throws, and 35.2% on three pointers.

The UCLA Bruins are 22-6 (14-5) this season and have won five of their last six games. UCLA defeated Washington by a score of 77-66 in their last game. UCLA shot 46.4% from the field and made 21 free throws in the win. Jaime Jaquez Jr. led the Bruins with 30 points and 9 rebounds in the game. UCLA is averaging 76.8 points per game and is giving up 64.2 points per game against, while also averaging 37.6 rebounds per game and 14.2 assists per game. Johnny Juzang (questionable) is averaging 17 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. is averaging 12.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Bruins. UCLA is shooting 44.9% on field goals, 72.8% on free throws, and 35.4% on three pointers.

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USC is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The over is 3-1-1 in USC’s last 5 games. UCLA is 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games. The under is 13-5 in UCLA’s last 18 Saturday games. The home team is 10-4 ATS in these two teams last 14 head to head meetings.

These two teams come into this game tied for second place in the PAC-12 standings. USC is coming off of a brutal loss to Arizona, while UCLA has won two in a row. USC has won a lot of games by 1-2 possessions and could easily have a few more losses than they do, but they have played very well in close games. I am taking the over in this game as I think we see a lot of points scored against some lazy defense in the regular season finale for these teams.

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