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UCLA vs. Utah - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Utes (10-5) at UCLA Bruins (12-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

The Line: UCLA Bruins -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

Coming up from Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, the Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins will be meeting on the college basketball court. 

Utah enters this one with a 10-5 record overall. The Utes have lost their last two games to Arizona and Arizona State. In that Arizona State game, Utah’s Justin Bibbins put up 22 points to lead the team. 

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UCLA vs. Utah - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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David Collette is the top Utes scorer this season on 13.8 PPG, while Bibbins is second with 13.7 PPG. Also in the double-digit club for Utah this year are Sedrick Barefield (12.2 PPG), Tyler Rawson (11.3 PPG) and Donnie Tillman (10.2 PPG; 6.2 RPG). 

Over on the UCLA side, they’re sitting at 12-4 this year. The Bruins fell to Stanford in double OT last week but took out California on Saturday. In that Cal game, UCLA guard Aaron Holiday put up 21 points. 

Holiday is sitting atop the Bruins stat sheet this year with 19.4 PPG and 5.3 APG, while Kris Wilkes is second on 13.6 PPG. Also in double-figures for UCLA are Thomas Welsh (12.8 PPG; 11.1 RPG), Jaylen Hands (11.8 PPG) and Prince Ali (10.6 PPG). 

The under is 5-1-1 in the Utes’ last seven overall and 4-1 in their last five road games. The under is also 3-1-1 in the Utes’ last five games following a straight-up loss and 5-2 in their last seven versus the Pac-12. 

Meanwhile, the Bruins are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 9-20 ATS in their last 29 versus the Pac-12. UCLA is also 4-10 ATS in their last 14 following an ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last four Thursday games. 

Utah has run into the buzzsaw of two ranked teams in their last pair of games, and prior to that they had just 132 total points in a two-game stretch. As for UCLA, they’ve been pretty inconsistent lately, taking out Kentucky relatively easily then falling to a plucky Stanford team three games later. This should be a fun one to watch, but I think the Utes have the offense to stick around here. I’m taking Utah.

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