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Utah Utes vs. UCLA Bruins Pick, Odds, Prediciton 1/18/14

UCLA Bruins (14-3) at Utah Utes (13-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)

The Line: Utah Utes +2.5 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins face off on Saturday in a Pac-12 college basketball matchup.

The Utah Utes ended their two game losing streak with an 18 point win over USC in their last outing. The win brought Utah to 2-3 in Pac-12 play and 13-1 at home this season. Jordan Loveridge continues to be Utah’s leading scorer averaging 16.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Delon Wright is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 rebounds, Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.5 points, and Dakarai Tucker is averaging 8.0 points. Utah is averaging 81.4 points and hey are shooting 51.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.6 points and their opponents are shooting 39.1 percent. Utah has played the 299th ranked schedule in the nation.

Utah Utes vs. UCLA Bruins Pick, Odds, Prediciton 1/18/14

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The UCLA Bruins are ranked in the top 25 and finally got a win over a ranked team beating Colorado but the Buffaloes best player did not play in that contest so we can take it for what it is worth. UCLA is 3-1 in Pac-12 play and have played the 51st ranked schedule in the country going 3-2 away from home thus far. Jordan Adams is averaging 17.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game to lead the Bruins. Kyle Anderson is averaging 14.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game, Zach LaVine is averaging 12.4 points, and Norman Powell is averaging 11.2 points. UCLA is averaging 85.3 points and they are shooting 50.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. UCLA returns home to play Stanford in their next game.

Utah is 7-2-1 against the spread the spread in their last 10 Pac-12 games and 22-6-1 against the spread in their last 29 home games. UCLA is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight Pac-12 games.

We are going to see a NBA type score here and this total is just way too low so my free pick is a strong one to the over. My stronger play 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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