UCLA vs. Belmont - 12/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UCLA vs. Belmont - 12/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Belmont Bruins (7-1) at UCLA Bruins (7-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

The Line: UCLA Bruins -7 -- Over/Under: 164 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Belmont Bruins will travel to Pauley Pavilion to take on the UCLA Bruins this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Belmont Bruins improved to 7-1 on the season after defeating the Lipscomb Bison, 76-74, on December 4th. In a tight back and forth game, Belmont was able to hold on for the victory late after Nathan Moran missed a game-winning three-point attempt as time expired in regulation. Belmont shot 44.1% from the field while holding Lipscomb to just 26.9% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bruins was Nick Muszynski who had a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, Belmont is averaging 92.6 ppg on 49.9% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Belmont has been led by Dylan Windler (8.1 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.1 bpg), Nick Muszynski (15.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.8 bpg), Caleb Hollander (12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg), and Grayson Murphy (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2.0 spg).

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Defensively, Belmont is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of 6.9 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The UCLA Bruins won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 65-62, this past Saturday. In a game in which both teams struggled offensively, UCLA was able to get the victory after UCLA’s Kris Wilkes hit a game-winning three-pointer with just :01 second left in regulation. UCLA held Notre Dame to just 36.4% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Fighting Irish by a 52-40 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bruins was Jaylen Hands who had a double-double with 12 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds.

On the season, UCLA is averaging 81.6 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UCLA has been led by Kris Wilkes (17.1 ppg, .6 rpg, 1.9 apg), Jaylen Hands (12.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Moses Brown (12.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg), and Prince Ali (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 37.7% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of 7.9 and a turnover margin of -1.3.

Belmont is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games however, just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. UCLA is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

I imagine that Belmont will be a popular pick in this one however, and although they have an offense that certainly can put up points, Belmont has really yet to face anyone with the talent level that UCLA has. UCLA’s 54th ranked scoring offense should be able to put up plenty of points agianst Belmont’s 276th ranked Scoring defense as Belmont hasn’t looked as strong in their road games this season, I think UCLA will do enough in this one to cover this spread.

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Brett’s Pick UCLA Bruins -7

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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