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UCLA vs. Stanford - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stanford Cardinal (18-14) at UCLA Bruins (20-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: UCLA Bruins -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Coming up on Thursday from T-Mobile Arena, we’ve got Pac-12 Tournament college basketball action looming between the Stanford Cardinal and the UCLA Bruins. 

Stanford enters this game with an 18-14 record overall. The Cardinal were just 13-13 on February 11, but then promptly went on a three-game win streak and have taken five of their last six. 

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UCLA vs. Stanford - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Cardinal took out California in tournament action on Wednesday. In that game, Stanford was led by forward Reid Travis, who doubled up on 19 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Dorian Pickens also had a nice game for the Cardinal with 16 points and four rebounds. 

Over on the UCLA side, they’re sitting at 20-10 on the year. The Bruins had lost two consecutive games, but managed a victory over USC in their last appearance Saturday. Tops in scoring for the Bruins in that one was Aaron Holiday’s 34 points. 

Holiday leads the Bruins on the year with 20.1 PPG and 5.8 APG, and Kris Wilkes is second with 14.0 PPG and 5.0 RPG. Also in double-figures for the Bruins are Thomas Welsh (12.7 PPG; 10.5 RPG) and Jaylen Hands (10.5 PPG). 

Stanford is 5-1 ATS in their last six Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. The Cardinal are also 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Pac-12 and 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral-site games. 

Meanwhile, the Bruins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and the under is 5-1 in their last six Thursday games. The over is 5-1 in UCLA’s last six games following a straight-up win and 4-1 in their last five following an ATS win. 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen these two teams meet up—January 27, to be exact, when UCLA took an 89-73 win. The other game was back on January 4, and Stanford managed a 107-99 2OT victory in that one. The Cardinal are pretty hot right now, but they’re still giving up a lot of points—and then again so is UCLA. I’m going to go with the Cardinal to cover here in what should be a higher-scoring affair.

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