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UCLA Bruins vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13

Alabama Crimson Tide (5-6) at UCLA Bruins (10-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

The Line: UCLA Bruins -9 -- Over/Under: 143 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The UCLA Bruins and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Saturday in college basketball action.

The UCLA Bruins got off to a 8-0 start but since then they have gone 2-2 in their last four games. UCLA is talented and this is their last game before they start Pac-12 play. Jordan Adams is leading UCLA averaging 18.9 points per game. Kyle Anderson is averaging 14.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game, Zach LaVine is averaging 12.8 points, and Norman Powell is averaging 11 points. UCLA is averaging 86.4 points and they are shooting 52.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent.

UCLA Bruins vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13

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The Alabama Crimson Tide have lost three of their last four games and they look to be in another tough spot here. The Tide have played the 15th ranked schedule in the nation and they are 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Trevor Releford is averaging 17 points as he leads Bama in scoring. Retin Obasohan is averaging 13.9 points, Nick Jacobs is averaging 10.5 points, and Levi Randolph is averaging 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds. Alabama is averaging 73.9 points and they are shooting 45.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. As tough as it has been for Alabama the schedule looks to only get more difficult.

UCLA is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a losing record. Alabama is 5-2 against the spread against the Pac-12, 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five games.

My free pick in this game will be on the total which is set at 143 and appears t be too low so my free pick is on the over. My stronger pick here is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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