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UCLA vs. Stanford - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stanford Cardinal (7-5) at UCLA Bruins (7-6)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UCLA Bruins -6 -- Over/Under: 146
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The Stanford Cardinal and the UCLA Bruins meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night.

The Stanford Cardinal will look to keep their momentum going after winning 5 of their last 7 games following a 93-86 win over Long Beach State in their last outing. Josh Sharma led the Cardinal with 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting with a whopping 18 rebounds for the double-double while KZ Okpala added 20 points on 8 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes. Daejon Davis added 17 points on 8 of 9 shooting with 5 assists and a pair of steals while Jaiden Delaire added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Stanford in the winning effort. Okpala leads Stanford with an average of 16.8 points and 6.1 rebounds while Davis leads the Cardinal in the assists department with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Stanford is averaging 73.2 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 32.8% from 3-point range and 66.9% from the foul line this season.

The UCLA Bruins will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak after a 73-58 loss to Liberty in their last outing. Kris Wilkes led the Bruins with 14 points and 3 threes while Moses Brown added 11 points and 9 rebounds as the only other UCLA player to score in double-digits in the losing effort. Cody Riley and Jules Bernard added 7 rebounds apiece as well in the defeat. Wilkes leads UCLA in scoring with 17.5 points per game while Brown leads the Bruins on the glass with 8.8 rebounds per game and Jaylen Hands leads UCLA in assists with 7 assists per game this season. As a team, UCLA is scoring 76.5 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 33.4% from behind the arc and 61.9% from the foul line this season.

Stanford is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 conference games while the over is 20-6 in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record. UCLA is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games while the over is 20-6 in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record. Stanford is 4-12 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and just 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams at UCLA.

Stanford has struggled ATS in this matchup, especially at Pauley Pavilion over the years. But I don’t know how anyone in their right mind could even consider laying points with UCLA right now, even at home. Losing to Belmont wasn’t bad as the Bruins are an underrated team that can score, and Cincinnati on the road is nothing to be that mad about either. Ohio State on a neutral floor was probably where it should’ve turned but then the Bruins go and get beat up by Liberty? No disrespect to the Flames and what they accomplished, but that’s a game UCLA should win 10 times out of 10 and it resulted in the Bruins firing their head coach. Stanford has done well ATS this season and have had success within the conference dating back to last season, so I’ll take Stanford and the points in a game I think Stanford could win outright and add to UCLA’s misery.

Stanford +6

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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