UCLA Bruins vs. Kentucky Wildcats, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Sweet 16 Sports Betting Lines, Picks and Prediction

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UCLA BRUINS KENTUCKY WILDCATS
31-4 March 24, 9:39 PM | FedExForum 31-5
UCLA vs Kentucky, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:39 PM ET, Friday, March 24, 2017
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: 9:39 p.m. ET, CBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 24th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SOUTH REGIONAL SEMIFINALS – FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
875 –UCLA Bruins pk -115 Ov 165½ -110
876 –Kentucky Wildcats pk -105 Un 165½ -110
 

The fans at FedExForum will be treated to a game between the UCLA Bruins and the Kentucky Wildcats when they take their seats on Friday.

ABOUT UCLA (31-4): Bruins freshman point guard Lonzo Ball had one of his most impressive performances of the season in the second round and should be motivated to play well against the freshman backcourt of Kentucky. Ball had 18 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and one turnover in the 79-67 victory Sunday against Cincinnati, shooting 7-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-7 from 3-point range. He had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the first meeting with the Wildcats, so they have a blueprint of the damage he can inflict.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (31-5): Isaiah Briscoe is the third starting guard for the Wildcats and also has good size at 6-3, and is the best rebounder in the backcourt, posting four double-doubles this season and ranking second on the team at 5.4 rebounds. The Bruins need to decide who to put on Briscoe, and that could be Ball, who has the length at 6-6 to keep him off the glass. That would require UCLA senior guard Bryce Alford to guard Fox or Monk, and he doesn’t have the foot speed to stay in front of either one.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bruins listed as pk-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 165½.

UCLA knows what it takes to defeat Kentucky, and the third-seeded Bruins try to take down the No. 2 seed Wildcats for the second time this season when they meet in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Friday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. UCLA defeated Kentucky on Dec. 3 in 2015 and again in 2016, each time when the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in the coaches’ poll.

The Bruins earned their latest victory against Kentucky much the way they’ve beaten every team on their schedule this season, getting balanced scoring on high-percentage shots from their starting five. UCLA’s five starters scored from 14 to 19 points and Aaron Holiday contributed 13 off the bench in the 97-92 win in December. The Wildcats lean on 6-3 freshmen guards Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, who each had big games in the earlier meeting against the Bruins. Monk, who averages 20 points, scored 24 in December, and Fox, who averages 16.1, scored 20. The key matchup could be between 6-10 freshman forwards Bam Adebayo of Kentucky and T.J. Leaf of UCLA, who logged double-doubles in their earlier matchup.

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NCAA HOOPS TIPS

1. UCLA enters the Sweet 16 leading the nation in points per game (90.2), field goal percentage (52.1), assists (21.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.93).

2. The last UCLA team to win at least 30 games was the 2007-08 club that finished 35-4 after losing to Memphis in the Final Four.

3. Kentucky reached the Sweet 16 six times in eight seasons under coach John Calipari.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: UCLA Bruins will cover the spread at PK and the game will go over 165½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: UCLA 89, Kentucky 85 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
UCLA TEAM KENTY
90.2 PTS FOR 85.2
75.2 PTS AGNST 71.3
15.0 DIFF. 13.9
29.2 DEF REBOUNDS 27.8
9.6 OFF REBOUNDS 12.5
52.1 FG% 47.4
74.1 FT% 70.3
9.9 3 POINTERS 6.9
6.0 STEALS 6.0
BETTING TRENDS
UCLA
No trends to report
KENTUCKY
Kentucky is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kentucky’s last 9 games
Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing UCLA
Kentucky is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing UCLA
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
UCLA’s Overall Scoring vs Kentucky’s Overall Defense 90.2 1 71.3 151
UCLA’s Away Scoring vs Kentucky’s Home Defense 87.5 1 69.0 169
UCLA’s Road Rebounds vs Kentucky’s Home Rebounds Allowed 36.9 76 33.9 138
Kentucky’s Overall Scoring vs UCLA’s Overall Defense 85.2 9 75.2 256
Kentucky’s Home Scoring vs UCLA’s Road Defense 86.1 21 79.2 271
Kentucky’s Home Rebounds vs UCLA’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.0 37 32.9 40
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
UCLA
UCLA is the highest scoring team in the league at 90.2 points per game.
UCLA leads the league in field goal percentage with 52.1.
KENTUCKY
No trends to report

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