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UCLA Bruins vs. Utah Utes - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Utes (19-7) at UCLA Bruins (14-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

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

TV: ESPN2

The Utah Utes will travel to play the UCLA Bruins in a PAC-12 game on Thursday.

The UCLA Bruins are 14-11 (5-7) and are coming off of a win against Arizona State by a score of 78-65. UCLA has lost 2 of their last 3 games and is currently tied for 9th in the PAC-12 standings. UCLA is averaging 79 points per game while giving up 76.6 points per game. UCLA is also averaging 40.8 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game. Bryce Alford is averaging 16.4 points per game and 5.5 assists per game for UCLA. Isaac Hamilton is averaging 16.4 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Bruins. UCLA is shooting 70.3% on free throws, 35.7% on three-pointers, and 45.7% on all field goal attempts.

UCLA Bruins vs. Utah Utes - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Utah Utes are 19-7 (8-5) and are coming off of a win against Washington State by a score of 88-47. Utah has won their last 2 games and is currently tied for 3rd in the PAC-12 standings. Utah is averaging 79.1 points per game while giving up 69.5 points per game. Utah is also averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and 15.8 assists per game. Jakob Poeltl is averaging 17.8 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game for Utah. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 11.7 points per game and 6 rebounds per game for the Utes. Utah is shooting 71.8% on free throws, 36.4% on three-pointers, and 49.6% on all field goal attempts.

Utah is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win of more than 20 points. Utah is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a win. The under is 7-3-1 in Utah’s last 11 Thursday games. UCLA is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a win. UCLA is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games. The over is 8-2 in UCLA’s last 10 home games. The under is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 meetings. The home team is 6-0 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.

This is a very important game for UCLA, who is trying to get into the tournament. Utah is the better defensive team in this matchup, while UCLA is the better rebounding team. Utah comes into this game on a 2 game winning streak, while UCLA has dropped 2 of their last 3. I like UCLA at home here. 

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