California vs. UCLA - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (11-4) at California Golden Bears (7-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins and California Golden Bears meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Haas Pavilion.
The UCLA Bruins look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The UCLA Bruins are averaging 84.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 77 points on 42.1 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 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The UCLA Bruins are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The UCLA Bruins have won seven of their last 10 road games.
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The California Golden Bears could use a win here to get back to a .500 record. The California Golden Bears are averaging 75.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Don Coleman is averaging 20.1 points and 2.5 assists while Darius McNeill is averaging 13.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Marcus Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Justice Sueing is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The California Golden Bears are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The California Golden Bears are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The California Golden Bears have lost four of their last five home games.
The Bruins are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 vs. Pacific-12. The Golden Bears are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Bruins are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in California, 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
UCLA has been awful against the number and is coming off a bad loss to Stanford, so I'm not trying to get behind the Bruins right now. However, Cal hasn't been good at all this season and is really bad defensively. That's not going to fly going against a UCLA squad that can shoot you out of the gym. I'll lay the number with the Bruins here as a fade from the Golden Bears, but that's only if I had to make a pick.