California Golden Bears vs. UCLA Bruins, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS UCLA BRUINS
10-4 January 5, 9:00 PM | Pauley Pavilion 14-1

When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 5, 2017
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

Team Spread Money Line Total
California Golden Bears +10.5 -110  +475 153.5 -110
UCLA Bruins -10.5 -110  -650 153.5 -110

The California Golden Bears and the UCLA Bruins will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Pauley Pavilion.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12): Ivan Rabb will likely be matched against Leaf, and that back-and-forth should be worth watching, as the the 6-11 Rabb and the 6-10 Leaf can score and rebound as good as any player in the Pac-12. Rabb was at his best against Arizona State while totaling 20 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and even making both his 3-point attempts. Rabb stepped up to the competition against Arizona as well, finishing with 16 points and 16 rebounds, further cementing his chances of becoming an NBA lottery pick this June.

ABOUT UCLA (14-1, 1-1): Leaf does most of the same things as Rabb, only more consistently, as he’s scored between 12 and 26 points in every game this season. Leaf is also a better passer and manages to avoid foul trouble more often than Rabb, but it also helps that Leaf has a much more talented group of teammates. Ball is the player who makes everyone look better for UCLA, and comes in averaging 14.3 points and 8.1 assists while shooting 52.5 percent from the floor.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Bruins listed as 10.5-point favorites versus the Golden Bears, while the game’s total is sitting at 153.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

The best shooting team in the nation will go up against one of the top rebounding squads Thursday night when No. 5 UCLA hosts California in a Pac-12 game. The Bruins continue to lead Division I in field goal percentage at 54.2 and they’ll likely need to shoot a high mark against the Golden Bears, who have secured a nation-leading 82 percent of their defensive rebounds.

Both teams lost their conference openers to ranked opponents last week before rebounding with double-digit victories. The Bruins entered last week ranked No. 2 in the coaches’ poll before losing on the road to then-No. 21 Oregon on a last-second 3-pointer, and then salvaged the trip with a victory against Oregon State. California fell to No. 17 Arizona by five points before powering past Arizona State, and Thursday the Golden Bears will try to win a third straight game against the Bruins. UCLA can beat teams in a variety of ways this season, and they’ll likely lean on two players who’ve never faced California, freshmen Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf.

UCLA won its last outing, a 76-63 result against Beavers on December 30. They failed to cover in that game as a -21-point favorite.

In their last action, California was a 81-65 winner at home against Sun Devils. They covered the -11.5-point spread as favorites.

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California:
Team record: 10-4 SU,5-9 ATS
California is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games
California is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of California’s last 5 games

UCLA:
Team record: 14-1 SU,10-5 ATS
UCLA is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
UCLA is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
UCLA is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
California at USC Sunday, January 8
UCLA home to Stanford Sunday, January 8

NCAA HOOPS UPDATES
1. UCLA G Isaac Hamilton is a combined 1-for-16 in the last two games after shooting 50.3 percent from the floor in the first 13 games.

2. Leaf leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 65.7.

3. California’s last victory against a team ranked in the top 5 in the coaches’ poll was in 2007, a 76-69 win against No. 3 UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: UCLA Bruins will cover the spread at -10.5 and the game will go over 153.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: UCLA 90, California 79 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

BETTING TRENDS
CALIFORNIA
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of California’s last 7 games on the road
California is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games on the road
California is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
California is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against UCLA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of California’s last 6 games when playing on the road against UCLA
The total has gone OVER in 8 of California’s last 12 games when playing on the road against UCLA
UCLA
UCLA is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
UCLA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of UCLA’s last 12 games at home
UCLA is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing California
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of UCLA’s last 7 games when playing California
UCLA is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against California
The total has gone OVER in 8 of UCLA’s last 12 games when playing at home against California
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UCLA’s last 6 games when playing at home against California
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CALIFORNIA
No trends to report
UCLA
UCLA is the third highest scoring team in the league at 93.9 points per game.
UCLA leads the league in field goal percentage with 54.2.

 

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