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UCLA vs. Washington - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Huskies (11-3) at UCLA Bruins (10-3)
Date & Time Sunday December 31, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UCLA Bruins -9.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
PAC12
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NCAA BB | Washington Huskies (11-3) at UCLA Bruins (10-3)
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The Washington Huskies and UCLA Bruins meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Pauley Pavilion.

The Washington Huskies look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Washington Huskies are averaging 81.1 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 76.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Jaylen Nowell is averaging 16.9 points and 2.8 assists while Noah Dickerson is averaging 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds. David Crisp is the third double-digit scorer and Matisse Thybulle is dishing 2.8 assists. The Washington Huskies are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Huskies are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Washington Huskies have lost 10 of their last 13 road games.

The UCLA Bruins look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The UCLA Bruins are averaging 83.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 76.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Aaron Holiday is averaging 17.6 points and 5.6 assists while Thomas Welsh is averaging 13.2 points and 10.7 rebounds. Kris Wilkes is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Hands is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The UCLA Bruins are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The UCLA Bruins are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The UCLA Bruins have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Huskies are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 Sunday games, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Bruins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 vs. Pacific-12 and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Huskies are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

The UCLA Bruins are not good enough defensively to be laying numbers like this, especially against a Washington Huskies squad that can do its fair share of scoring as well. This is going to be an up and down contest with a lot of points scored from both sides, and I like the have free points in my pocket in games like that. UCLA is also awful against the number, so I'm not trying to lay double-digit chalk. Give me the points.

Pick:
Washington Huskies +9.5

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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