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UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/5/14

USC Trojans (9-4) at UCLA Bruins (11-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

The Line: UCLA Bruins -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans face off on Sunday in a Pac-12 college basketball rivalry game.

The UCLA Bruins have won three of their last four games as they play game one of their Pac-12 schedule. UCLA is 9-0 at home this season and they have played the 216th ranked schedule in the nation. Jordan Adams leads the Bruins averaging 18.5 points and 5.1 rebounds. Kyle Anderson is averaging 14.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game, Zach LaVine is averaging 12.2 points, and Norman Powell is averaging 11.2 points. UCLA is averaging 85.5 points and they are shooting 52.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. UCLA’s losses have both come to teams ranked in the top 25.

UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/5/14

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The USC Trojans have won five of their last six games and are playing their best basketball of the season as they head into Pac-12 play. Southern Cal is 1-2 on the road this season and they have played the 117th ranked schedule. Byron Wesley is averaging 17 points and 7.2 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Pe’Shon Howard is averaging 11 points, Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 10 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Omar Oraby is averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. USC is averaging 75 points and they are shooting 46 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.5 points while defensively they are allowing 70.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent from the floor. USC’s schedule gets tougher as the season goes on.

UCLA is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, 7-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. USC is 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games, 3-1-1 against the spread following a win, and 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine road games. The favorite has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.

This is a bundle of points for a rivalry game so I will take the points and the Trojans. 

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