Looking to win big? The Golden Bears and Bruins face off at 10:00 ET on PACN. The Bruins are hosting the game at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 136.5 points, and the Bruins are favored to win at home against the Golden Bears.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS VS UCLA BRUINS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UCLA Bruins -6.5
This game will be played at Pauley Pavilion at 10:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE UCLA BRUINS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Bruins.
- Not only will UCLA pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can the Golden Bears Pull Off a Road Win?
California comes into today’s game as the underdog, with a point spread of +6.5. So far this season, they have an overall record of 4-10 and have lost their last three games.
On the road, the Golden Bears are 0-5 and have an average scoring margin of -7.4 points per game. Over their last ten road games, they are winless.
California has an ATS record of 6-8 this season and they are 3-2 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Golden Bears have gone 5-3 vs. the spread this year and they are 6-4 in their last 10 games as the underdog. Over their last 3 games as the underdog, California is 0-3 vs. the spread.
California’s over/under record for the season is 10-4 and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (145.3). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 158 points compared to their season average of 153.4 points per game.
The Golden Bears’ offense finished with 74 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 75.7 points per contest. Jaylon Tyson is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 19.9 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Fardaws Aimaq brings a PPG average of 15.7 into the game.
Coming into the game, California will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 77.7 points per game (255th). In terms of field goal percentage allowed, California’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 37.4% this season.
Can the Bruins Pull Off a Home Win?
After losing their last two games, the UCLA Bruins will look to get back on track as they host the California Golden Bears. So far this season, UCLA is 4-5 at home and have been favored in nine of their 14 games.
In their last game, the Bruins faced Stanford and lost by a score of 59-53. Over their last 10 games at home, UCLA is 4-6 and have a scoring margin of +4.4 points per game.
UCLA’s ATS record this season is 5-8-1, including a mark of 2-7 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bruins have gone just 2-7-1 vs. the spread.
UCLA’s over/under record this season is 3-11 and the average scoring total in their games is 128.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (134.3). So far, 12 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 121 points.
In contrast to their season average of 66.1 points per game, the UCLA had a below average performance. They scored 53 points against Stanford and had a field goal percentage of 32.8%. The team’s scoring leader is Sebastian Mack, who holds an average of 13.9 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Adem Bona is averaging 12.4 points per game this season.
Coming into today’s game, the UCLA defense is giving up an average of 61.9 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UCLA’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.3% this season.