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UCLA vs Maryland Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 14th Betting Odds
Bruins vs Terrapins Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UCLA Bruins at Maryland Terrapins
- Where: College Park at XFINITY Center
- Date: Wednesday, December 14th
- Betting Odds: UCLA +1, UCLA -105 | MARY -118 O/U 139.5
UCLA heads into this matchup having played 10 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-2. On the road, the Bruins will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 1-1. So far, the Bruins have been the underdog 1 time, going 0-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
UCLA’s leading scorer this season is Jaime Jaquez Jr. who is averaging 17.4 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 21.4% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.3 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists. Jaylen Clark is the second leading scorer for the Bruins, averaging 15.11 points per game. Between him and Clark, they are accounting for 38.1% of the team’s scoring.
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 10 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.
Maryland will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs UCLA in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far this season, Maryland has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Terrapins as the -1 point favorites. The Terrapins have been favored 7 times, going 7-0 straight up.
Maryland’s leading scorer this season is Jahmir Young who is averaging 15.6 points per contest. So far, Young has accounted for 20.58% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.6 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists. Donta Scott is the second leading scorer for the Terrapins, averaging 14.1 points per game. Between him and Scott, they are accounting for 39.2% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Maryland this season, as they are currently ranked 207th in college basketball at 70.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Terrapins’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.6%, placing them 339th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Maryland Terrapins -1
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Maryland Terrapins to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1 point betting favorites. Although Maryland as a team is just 272nd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Bruins’ defense. In addition, the Terrapins have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -1 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Terrapins to come out on top and cover.