California Golden Bears vs. UCLA Bruins - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (15-12) at California Golden Bears (19-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins will travel to play the California Golden Bears in a PAC-12 game on Thursday.
The California Golden Bears are 19-8 (9-5) and are coming off of a win against Washington State by a score of 80-62. California has won 5 games in a row and is currently 4th in the PAC-12 standings. California does have a good conference wins against Oregon and Arizona. California is averaging 75.3 points per game while giving up 66.9 points per game. California is also averaging 40 rebounds per game and 13.2 assists per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 15.7 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for California. Tyrone Wallace is averaging 15.5 points per game and 4.3 assists per game for the Golden Bears. California is shooting 65.9% on free throws, 37.1% on three-pointers, and 46.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The UCLA Bruins are 15-12 (6-8) and are coming off of a win against Colorado by a score of 77-53. UCLA has won 2 of their last 3 games and is currently tied for 8th in the PAC-12 standings. UCLA has a conference win against Arizona. UCLA is averaging 78.7 points per game while giving up 75.7 points per game. UCLA is also averaging 40.3 rebounds per game and 15.9 assists per game. Isaac Hamilton is averaging 17 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for UCLA. Bryce Alford is averaging 16.1 points per game and 5.5 assists per game for the Bruins. UCLA is shooting 70% on free throws, 37.1% on three-pointers, and 45.9% on all field goal attempts.
UCLA is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games. UCLA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The over is 4-1 in UCLA’s last 5 Thursday games. California is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. California is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 4-1 in California’s last 5 home games. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 meetings.
UCLA has struggled more than I expect them to this season. California has been playing very good basketball in their recent game and will be at home in this game. California plays much better defense than UCLA and I think that will be the difference here. I am going with California.