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UCLA vs. USC - 2/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
USC at UCLA
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pauley Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: UCLA -3 -- Over/Under: 154.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Pauley Pavilion.

The USC Trojans need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The USC Trojans are averaging 76.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Bennie Boatwright is averaging 18.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Nick Rakocevic is averaging 15.1 points and 1.3 assists. Jonah Mathews is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing four rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.9 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans have lost six of their last eight road games.

The UCLA Bruins need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The UCLA Bruins are averaging 78.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 76.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Kris Wilkes is averaging 17.2 points and 1.6 assists while Jaylen Hands is averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Moses Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Prince Ali is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The UCLA Bruins are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 62.8 percent from the free throw line. The UCLA Bruins are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.9 rebounds per game. The UCLA Bruins have won five of their last eight home games.

The Trojans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Bruins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Pacific-12 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in UCLA. The over is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 home games. The under is 8-3 in Trojans last 11 overall.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between USC and UCLA, and that's key when you consider how these teams play in different spots. The USC Trojans have lost six of their last eight on the road where they allow over 80 points a game and lose by an average of 3.9 points. The UCLA Bruins have won five of their last eight at home where they shoot 48.2 percent from the field and win by an average of 9.4 points. USC is also 3-8 ATS on the road this season and 0-8 ATS as an underdog. I'll lay the bucket with the UCLA Bruins at home.

Pick:
UCLA -3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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