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UCLA vs Arizona State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Bruins vs Sun Devils Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UCLA Bruins at Arizona State Sun Devils
- Where: Tempe at Desert Financial Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: UCLA -4.5, UCLA -205 | ARZST +165 O/U 134.0
The UCLA Bruins head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 16-2. On the road, the Bruins will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 5-1. So far, the Bruins have been favored 16 times, going 15-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have UCLA as -4.5 point favorites.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 16.72 points per contest. Not only has Jr. been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCLA’s top rebounder at 7.06 boards per contest. Behind Jr., the team has benefited from the strong play of Jaylen Clark, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.24 points per game. Overall, he has hit 51.7% of his shots and is adding 6.76 boards per game.
On offense, UCLA is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.1 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 35.2% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.5% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Sun Devils Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs UCLA, the Arizona State Sun Devils will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 15-3. Currently, the Sun Devils have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 9-1. So far, the Sun Devils have been the underdog 6 times, going 5-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.
Arizona State’s leading scorer this season is DJ Horne, who is averaging 12.11 points per contest. So far, Horne has accounted for 16.53% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.83 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists. Devan Cambridge is the second leading scorer for the Sun Devils, averaging 10.89 points per game. Between him and Cambridge, they are accounting for 31.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Arizona State this season, as they are currently ranked 371st in college basketball at 65.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Sun Devils’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 422nd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Arizona State Sun Devils +4.5
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have UCLA as the favorites with a line coming in at -4.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Arizona State Sun Devils to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with UCLA at 6.67 made 3’s per game compared to Arizona State at 6.94. Look for Arizona State to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Bruins.
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