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Stanford vs. UCLA - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UCLA at Stanford
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Maples Pavilion
Stanford, CA
The Line
Stanford Cardinal -2.5 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
ESPN, ESPN2
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NCAA BB | UCLA at Stanford
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The UCLA Bruins and the Stanford Cardinal meet in Pac 12 college basketball action from Maples Pavilion on Saturday night.

The UCLA Bruins will look to build some steam after picking up a 75-67 overtime win over Cal in their last outing. Kris Wilkes led the Bruins with 27 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 5 threes and 10 rebounds for the double-double while Jaylen Hands and David Singleton each had 12 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for UCLA in the win with Singleton adding 4 threes while Hands dished out a team-high 3 assists. Moses Brown added a team-high 11 rebounds and 3 blocks as well in the victory. Wilkes leads UCLA in scoring with 17.7 points per game while Brown leads the Bruins in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game and Hands leads UCLA in assists with 6.3 assists per game this season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 78 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 62.2% from the foul line this season.

The Stanford Cardinal will look to keep their momentum going after winning 4 of their last 5 games following a 79-76 win over USC last time out. KZ Okpala led the Cardinal with 18 points along with 4 steals while Marcus Sheffield added 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 4 threes. Josh Sharma chipped in 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks while Bryce Wills added 11 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists. Oscar Da Silva chipped in 10 points with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks to round out the scoring in double figures for Stanford in the victory. Okpala leads Stanford in scoring with 17.5 points per game while Sharma leads the Cardinal on the glass with 6 rebounds per game and Daejon Davis leads Stanford in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Stanford is averaging 72.7 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line this season.

UCLA is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 9-2 in their last 11 games following a win. Stanford is 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the over is 21-6 in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

UCLA has to be breathing a sigh of relief after rallying to beat Cal, but let’s face it, even with the win, UCLA hasn’t looked good at all in the month of February, losing 3 straight before the win over the Golden Bears. Stanford hasn’t been dominant by any stretch, but the Cardinal are picking up steam at the right time and have been a tough out at home dating back to last season. I’ll lay the bucket with Stanford as I just don’t have any faith in UCLA at the moment.

Pick:
Stanford -2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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