Utah vs. UCLA - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (8-6) at Utah Utes (11-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The UCLA Bruins and Utah Utes square off Sunday afternoon at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The UCLA Bruins look to snap a four-game losing streak and play their third straight true road game. On the season, UCLA is averaging 74.2 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 70.1 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Bryce Alford is averaging 16.8 points and 5.9 assists while Norman Powell is averaging 15.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. Kevon Looney is grabbing 10.2 rebounds and Isaac Hamilton is shooting 41.7 percent from the field. The UCLA Bruins have actually shown improvement on the defensive side, as they’re forcing 13.3 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 32.3 percent from deep. Offensively, UCLA has four players averaging double-digit points while they’re shooting 65.6 percent from the free throw line and 34.7 percent from downtown.
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The Utah Utes have won four straight and look to start 2-0 in conference play. On the season, Utah is averaging 75.6 points on 49.9 percent shooting and is allowing 57.4 points on 36.6 percent shooting. Delon Wright is averaging 15.4 points and 5.7 assists while Jordan Loveridge is averaging 12.3 points and 3.2 rebounds. Jakob Poeltl is grabbing 8.2 rebounds and Brandon Taylor is shooting 44.6 percent from the field. The Utah Utes remain one of the top shooting teams in the country, as they’re knocking down 65.1 percent from the free throw line and 40.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Utah is forcing 12.2 turnovers per game and has allowed 66 or less points in six straight games. Utah is undefeated at home this season and a perfect 10-0 SU when topping 60 points.
The Bruins are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Utes are 38-14-1 ATS in their last 53 home games and 35-14-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
UCLA hasn't shown it can win on the road this season and Utah is one of the toughest places to win in the country. Look for Utah to win this in a blowout.