UCLA at Colorado Prediction - Basketball Picks 2/26/23

Colorado Buffaloes (15-14) vs UCLA Bruins (24-4)

Game Info: Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 4:00 pm (CU Events Center)

Betting Odds: Colorado Buffaloes +6 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UCLA Bruins will head out to Boulder to face the Colorado Buffaloes in Pac-12 play from the CU Events Center on CBS. UCLA leads the head-to-head series, 17-7, after winning six of the last seven meetings.

UCLA improved to 24-4 after defeating Utah in Salt Lake City. The Bruins jumped out to a big halftime lead, and held on to beat the Utes by seven, 78-71. UCLA is scoring 74.2 points per game, while allowing 59.7 ppg, and shooting 46.6% from the field. 

UCLA has won seven straight games, and they can clinch the regular season conference crown with a win here. The Bruins are 15-2 in Pac-12 play, with a 8-2 road record. Senior swingman Jaime Jacquez Jr. has revved things up this month, and after scoring 23 points or more in four of the last six games, he leads UCLA in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (8.1). Junior guard Jaylen Clark is one of the top defenders in the country, and he’s averaging 13.- ppg, 6.3 rpg, and a team-lead 2.6 spg. Veteran point guard Tyler Campbell leads the Bruins in assists (4.8), while scoring 12.4 ppg.

Colorado fell to 15-14 after losing to USC at home. The Buffaloes trailed the Trojans big early, and they ended up falling by 19 points, 84-65. Washington State in Boulder. The Buffaloes and Cougars battled it out in a slugfest, and CU walked away with the three-point victory. Colorado is scoring 70.4 points per game, while allowing 66.7 ppg, and shooting 43.4% from the floor.

Colorado has dropped their last two games, and they’ll look to avoid being swept by Bruins here at home. The Buffaloes are 7-11 in Pac-12 play, with a 11-3 home record. Junior forward Tristan Da Silva has come into his own over the second half of the season, and after scoring 18 points or more in seven of the last nine games, he leads CU in scoring (16.1), while grabbing 4.9 rpg. Sophomore guard KJ Simpson has been steady alongside him, and he’s second on the team at 15.9 ppg, while dishing out a team-lead 3.9 apg, and grabbing 4.4 rpg. 

UCLA is 16-11 against the spread this season, with a 12-15 over/under record. Colorado is 11-16-1 ATS this year, with a 12-16 o/u record.

With Arizona’s losing to Arizona State on a half court game-winner last night, UCLA can wrap the regular season conference title up here, and I think they come through here. The Bruins have been the sharpest team on the west coast, and they haven’t slipped up against an unranked team yet this season. With a potential number-one seed in the Big Dance still in the air for UCLA, trust them here and take their spread in this Pac-12 contest. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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