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UCLA vs. California - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cal Golden Bears and the UCLA Bruins meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from Pauley Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

The Cal Golden Bears will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 82-73 loss to USC in their last outing. Justice Sueing led the Bears with 16 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double while Paris Austin added 13 points along with 5 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists. Matt Bradley chipped in 12 points while Connor Vanover added 10 points with 3 blocks in 15 minutes on the floor to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Cal in the loss. Austin leads Cal with an average of 14.1 points and 5.2 assists per game while Sueing leads the Golden Bears on the glass with 6.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Cal is averaging 73 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the 3-point line and 76.3% from the foul line this season.

The UCLA Bruins will look to build some momentum after snapping a 4-game losing streak with an emphatic 92-70 win over Stanford in their last outing. Moses Brown led the Bruins with 17 points on 8 of 9 shooting with 10 rebounds for the double-double while Jaylen Hands added 15 points and a team-high 6 assists. Prince Ali and Kris Wilkes each had 14 points while David Singleton added 13 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Bruins in the win. Wilkes leads UCLA in scoring with 17.2 points per game while Brown leads the Bruins in rebounding with 8.9 rebounds per game and Hands leads UCLA in the assists department with 6.9 assists per game this season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 77.6 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 62.7% from the foul line this season.

Cal is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. UCLA is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Cal is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

It was nice to see UCLA finally show some signs of life after that losing streak that cost Steve Alford his job, but forgive me if I’m a bit hesitant to jump right back on UCLA right away. The Bruins still have had issues following up wins this season, and Cal, despite ending up on the losing end in recent matchups, have done a good job of keeping things reasonably close with UCLA. This a game probably best left alone and is probably better to watch than bet, but if forced to pick, I’d take Cal and the points as I need to see more before trusting UCLA again.

Pick:
Cal +13

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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