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UCLA vs. Utah - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah at UCLA
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Pauley Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
UCLA Bruins -4 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
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The Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the Pauley Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

The Utah Utes will look to build on a 77-70 road win over USC in their last outing. Both Gach led the Utes with 15 points while Jayce Johnson and Sedrick Barefield each had 13 points, with Johnson shooting 5 of 8 from the floor with 13 rebounds for the double-double while Barefield had 3 triples, a team-high 5 assists and a pair of steals. Donnie Tillman added 12 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Utah in the win. Barefield leads Utah with an average of 16.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while Johnson leads the Utes in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game. As a team, Utah is averaging 75 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 37.6% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.

The UCLA Bruins could definitely use a win after losing 5 of their last 7 games following an 84-73 loss to Colorado in their last outing. Moses Brown led the Bruins with 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds, along with 4 steals and 4 blocks. Chris Smith added 14 points while Jaylen Hands chipped in 13 points with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals. Jules Bernard added 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for UCLA in the losing effort. Kris Wilkes was held to 8 points, but still leads UCLA in scoring with 17.3 points per game while Brown leads the Bruins in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game and Hands leads UCLA in assists with 6.4 assists per game this season. As a team, UCLA is scoring 77.5 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 33.5% from behind the 3-point line and 61.4% from the foul line this season.

Utah is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 conference games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. UCLA is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Utah is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at UCLA and the home team is 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

The home team has had the bulk of the success in this matchup, and UCLA is due for a breakout, so laying the points with the Bruins could be a logical pick. However, UCLA is still a team that I’m not overly high on at the moment, and Utah has played some of their best basketball ATS away from home lately, covering in each of their last 5 road games. I think the points definitely hold some value so I’ll take them and side with Utah in this one.

Utah +4

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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