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Stanford vs. UCLA - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UCLA Bruins (11-3) at Stanford Cardinal (6-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The UCLA Bruins and Stanford Cardinal meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Maples Pavilion.

The UCLA Bruins look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The UCLA Bruins are averaging 83.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Aaron Holiday is averaging 18.4 points and 5.4 assists while Kris Wilkes is averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Thomas Welsh is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Hands is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The UCLA Bruins are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The UCLA Bruins are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. The UCLA Bruins have won four of their last five road games.

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Stanford vs. UCLA - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Stanford Cardinal need a feel good win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Stanford Cardinal are averaging 72.9 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 74.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Reid Travis is averaging 20.9 points and 1.6 assists while Michael Humphrey is averaging 11.9 points and 8.9 rebounds. Isaac White is grabbing 1.9 rebounds and Daejon Davis is dishing four assists. The Stanford Cardinal are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The Stanford Cardinal are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Stanford Cardinal have won six of their last nine home games.

The Bruins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games and 8-19 ATS in their last 27 vs. Pacific-12. The Cardinal are 17-38 ATS in their last 55 Thursday games, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Pacific-12 and 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Bruins are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The UCLA Bruins are starting to find their groove as of late, as the defense has picked up and guys are starting to find their role offensively. Stanford is a team that's falling apart rather quickly, and it starts with a lack of consistency on the offensive end. UCLA should be able to control the pace in this game and put a lot of pressure on the Cardinal to keep up with the offensive firepower. I'll side with the UCLA Bruins and the reasonable line.

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