Check out our free UCLA vs Washington pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Seattle. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

UCLA vs Washington Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 1st Betting Odds

Bruins vs Huskies Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UCLA Bruins at Washington Huskies
  • Where: Seattle at Alaska Airlines Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 1st
  • Betting Odds: UCLA -10.5, UCLA -608 | WASH +418 O/U 140.0

Bruins Preview:

The UCLA will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 9 game win streak and have an overall record of 12-2. So far, the Bruins have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 4-1. This season, UCLA has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 11-1. For today’s contest, UCLA have a betting line set -10.5 points in their favor.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 17.21 points per contest. Not only has Jr. been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCLA’s top rebounder at 6.29 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 15.08 points per game. Overall, he has hit 57.0% of his shots and is adding 6.62 boards per game.

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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 14 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.

Huskies Preview:

Washington 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, Washington has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-3. For the season, Washington has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 2-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Huskies being +10.5 point underdogs.

Washington’s leading scorer this season is Keion Brooks Jr. who is averaging 17.08 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 20.85% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.58 rebounds per game and 1.33 assists. Cole Bajema is the second leading scorer for the Huskies, averaging 10.5 points per game. Between him and Bajema, they are accounting for 35.8% of the team’s scoring.

So far this season, the Washington offense has yet to find its footing. Coming into today’s game, the Huskies’ are ranked 287th at 68.5 points per game. The team’s inneficient outside shooting has been a problem for Washington, as they have hit just 30.3% of their 3-point shots. In terms of pace, the Huskies have played at a tempo near the NCAA average at 77.5 possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Washington Huskies +10.5

Successful betting on college basketball is all about finding and taking advantage of mismatches that others may have overlooked. Heading into this matchup between the Washington Huskies and UCLA Bruins, we like the fact that Washington will look to play an up-tempo game vs a UCLA team that is more comfortable slowing down the pace of play on each possession. In addition, we see the lines overvaluing the fact that the Huskies don’t have a great track record vs the spread as underdogs, going 2-3 (last 5). While everyone else will be betting on UCLA, we like Washington to cover at home.

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