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

Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Galen Center
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
USC Trojans -3 -- Over/Under: 157.5
TV Channel
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The UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the Galen Center on Saturday afternoon.

The UCLA Bruins will look to rebound after suffering a 79-66 loss to Oregon State in their last outing. Kris Wilkes led the Bruins with 21 points on 8 of 22 shooting with 4 threes along with 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists while Prince Ali added 13 points and Jaylen Hands added 12 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for UCLA in the losing effort. Moses Brown also chipped in 9 points to match his team-high 9 rebounds as well in the loss for the Bruins. Wilkes leads UCLA in scoring with an average of 17.3 points per game while Brown leads the Bruins in rebounding with 9 rebounds per game and Hands leads UCLA in assists with 6.6 assists per game this season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 78.6 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 33.5% from behind the 3-point line and 62% from the foul line this season.

The USC Trojans will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 81-60 loss to Oregon in their last outing. Jonah Mathews led USC with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes while Bennie Boatwright added 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 8 rebounds. Nick Rakocevic added 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting to round out the group of double-digit scorers for the Trojans in the losing effort. Elijah Weaver matched his 5 points with a team-high 5 assists as well in the loss for USC. Boatwright leads USC in scoring with 17.1 points per game while Rakocevic leads the Trojans in rebounding with 9.5 rebounds per game and Derryck Thornton leads the Trojans in assists with 4.9 assists per game this season. As a team, USC is averaging 77.9 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the 3-point line and 66.4% from the foul line this season.

UCLA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. USC is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Neither of these teams are once I feel comfortable backing in this situation. However with that said, I’m a lot more disappointed in what UCLA has brought to the table even with the coaching change. The Bruins are still terrible on the road and have had issues against the spread when taking on equal or higher skilled competition. USC isn’t great either, but the home team has had the bulk of the success between these two teams and I’m just not getting enough points to take UCLA on the road, so I’ll lay the points with USC here.

USC -3

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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