UCLA vs Washington Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/29/24

Washington (15-13) vs UCLA (14-13)

Game Info: Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:30 pm (Alaska Airlines Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington -2.5 - Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UCLA Bruins will head up to Seattle to meet the Washington Huskies in Pac-12 play this Thursday from the Alaska Airlines Arena on FS1. Washington comes in as 2.5-point home favorites, with the total sitting at 138.5. Stay tuned for our UCLA vs Washington Prediction. 

UCLA Bruins Preview

UCLA moved to 14-13 after falling to USC at home, 62-56. The Bruins were upended at home by their crosstown rivals, and they’ll look to avoid falling to .500 here in Seattle. UCLA is scoring 65.9 points per game, on 41.4% shooting, while allowing 64.0 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the Pac-12 with a 9-7 record in conference play. The Bruins are 7-3 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 5-4 on the road this season. 

UCLA Team Profile

  • Mick Cronin’s group has played through their defense this season, averaging 67.0 possessions per game (337th), and they’ve shot poorly from deep, hitting 32.4% of their threes (253rd).
  • Freshman guard Sebastian Mack came thru with a game-high 21 points in the road win over Stanford, and he leads UCLA in scoring (13.3).
  • Second-year guard David Andrews has tallied 18 points or more in three of the last four games, and he’s up to 11.2 ppg and a team-leading 3.7 apg. 
  • Sophomore big Adem Bona led the way with 18 points in the Oregon State victory, and he leads the Bruins in rebounding (6.0), while scoring 12.2 ppg. 
  • Utah transfer Lazar Stefanovic grabbed a season-high 13 boards in the win over Cal, and he’s averaging 11.0 ppg and 6.3 rpg.

Washington Preview

Washington fell to 15-13 after falling to Arizona in Tucson, 91-75. The Huskies were no match for the Wildcats, and they’ll attempt to get back into the win column here versus the Bruins. UW is scoring 80.8 points per game, on 46.9% shooting, while allowing 75.0 ppg, and they’re currently 9th in the Pac-12 with a 7-10 record in league play. The Huskies are 4-6 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 10-5 in Seattle this season. 

Washington Huskies Team Profile

  • Mike Hopkins’ team loves to push the pace, averaging 75.6 possessions per game (31st), and they’ve knocked down 34.7% of their three-point attempts (146th). 
  • Senior forward Keion Brooks Jr. went for a game-high 35 points in the Apple Cup defeat to Wazzu, and he leads Washington in scoring (21.2) and rebounding (7.0). 
  • Kentucky transfer Sahvir Wheeler dished out 10 dimes in the win over Utah, and he leads the Huskies in assists (5.9), while scoring 15.4 ppg. 
  • Veteran forward Moses Wood has scored 17 points or more i n three of the previous four games, and he’s third on the team at 12.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg.

UCLA vs Washington Trends

  • UCLA is 13-13-1 against the spread, with a 10-17 O/U record
  • UW is 15-13 ATS, with a 15-13 over/under record.

UCLA vs Washington Prediction

UCLA’s midseason turnaround was admirable, but that run appears to be over, and they could be in for a tough match here versus Washington. Both schools have popped on NIT radars during their final terms in the Pac-12, and with the Huskies seeking revenge on the Bruins, while also looking to respond, I like their chances here at home. The Over will be in play if Washington controls the flow of this game in Seattle, but let’s back them to win by two here in conference play.

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