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UCLA vs. Washington State - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington State Cougars (8-4) at UCLA Bruins (9-3)

College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

The Line: UCLA Bruins -14 -- Over/Under: 159 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Washington State Cougars and UCLA Bruins meet Friday in college basketball action at the Pauley Pavilion.

The Washington State Cougars could use a statement win here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington State Cougars are averaging 76.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Robert Franks is averaging 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while Malachi Flynn is averaging 15.8 points and 4.4 assists. Viont'e Daniels is dishing two assists and Carter Skaggs is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Washington State Cougars are shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Washington State Cougars are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The Washington State Cougars have lost six straight road games.

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UCLA vs. Washington State - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UCLA Bruins look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The UCLA Bruins are averaging 82.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 76.1 points on 42 percent shooting. Aaron Holiday is averaging 17.6 points and 5.6 assists while Thomas Welsh is averaging 13.2 points and 10.7 rebounds. Kris Wilkes is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Hands is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The UCLA Bruins are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The UCLA Bruins are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game. The UCLA Bruins have won six of their last seven home games.

The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pacific-12, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Bruins are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 vs. Pacific-12 and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Cougars are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in UCLA, 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

The Washington State Cougars have cooled off big time as of late and simply aren't a good basketball team when playing on the road. The UCLA Bruins arecoming off a big victory over the Kentucky Wildcats and usually shoot a high percentage when playing at home. So, while the chalk is rather massive, UCLA has the ability to open this game up with the long ball. Give me the chalk. 

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