Arizona State vs UCLA Prediction - College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

UCLA (14-15) vs Arizona State (14-15)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 11:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

Betting Odds: UCLA -7 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Arizona State Sun Devils and UCLA Bruins face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Pauley Pavilion. Arizona State has been inconsistent while UCLA needs their defense to be better. 

Arizona State Has Been Inconsistent

The biggest issue all season has been the inconsistency and they are coming off a loss in the last game. Arizona State scored 73 points but the defense gave up 81 points and that led to the defeat. Arizona State on the season is averaging 70.2 points while their defense is giving up 74 points points per game. The defense is ranked 245th, and the defense has really let them down. Frankie Collins is averaging 137.7 points while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from behind the three point line. 

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UCLA Defense to be Better

UCLA faced off agianst Arizona on Thursday and they really struggled. The offense only managed 65 points while the defense gave up 88 points. Lazar Stefanovic had a strong game putting up 20 points and four rebounds. UCLA on the season is averaging 66.2 points while their defense is giving up 66.3 points per game. The defense is ranked 38th, and they need to get the good defense back. Sebastian Mack is averaging 12.6 points while shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 28.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

Arizona State vs UCLA Betting Prediction

UCLA’s defense struggled in the last game, but they are going to bounce back in a big way here. UCLA is giving up 66.3 points per game and they are going to step up here. Arizona State is averaging 70.2 points and they are going to finish with even less than that here. Look for UCLA to go over their season average of 66.2 points and that is going to be the difference as they are going to cover the spread.

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

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