Colorado vs UCLA Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/9/23

UCLA Bruins (27-4) vs Colorado Buffaloes (16-15)

Game Info: Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 3:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -9 -- Over/Under: 132.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Buffaloes and the UCLA Bruins face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown in the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena. When these two teams faced off on February 26th it was UCLA that secured the 60-56 victory. 

Colorado Betting Preview

Colorado comes into this game with a 17-15 record overall and on Wednesday they were able to win 74-68. They gave up 48 points in the second half, but they still did enough to hold onto the victory. Julian Hammond III had a strong game for Coloardo putting up 21 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Colorado is averaging 70.1 points while their defense is giving up 66.3 points per game. Tristan da Silva is averaging 15.9 points while shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

UCLA Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is UCLA who sits with a 27-4 record overall and they are coming off a victory in the last game. UCLA scored 82 points against Arizona, and that was enough to win by nine points, UCLA seems to be not getting enough credit for how he has played this season. Jaime Jaquez Jr finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the last game against Arizona. UCLA is averaging 74.2 points while their defense is giving up 60.1 points per game. The defense is the strength of this team and they need the defense to be strong again here. Jaquez Jr is averaging 17.5 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from behind three point line. Jaylen Clark is now out for the season with an injury.

Shane’s Free Pick

UCLA’s defense is the strength giving up only 60.1 points per game and they are going to lockdown in this game. The last time Colorado scored only 58 points against UCLA and they are going to really struggle to score here. UCLA scored 82 points in their last game and they are going to find success scoring here. Back UCLA against the spread. 

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

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