Looking to win big? The Terrapins and Bruins face off at 9:00 ET on ESPN2. The Bruins are hosting the game at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 128.5 points, and the Bruins are favored to win at home vs. the Terrapins.

MARYLAND TERRAPINS VS UCLA BRUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UCLA Bruins -3

This game will be played at Pauley Pavilion at 9:00 ET on Friday, December 22nd.

WHY BET THE UCLA BRUINS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Bruins.
  • Not only will UCLA pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 128.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Terrapins Pull Off a Win at Los Angeles?

Heading into today’s game, the Terrapins have a 7-4 record after falling to Indiana (65-53). The Terrapins have yet to win a game on the road, going 0-3, but have a strong 4-1 record at home. At the moment, Maryland sits below .500 with a 2-6 ATS record. Throughout their last ten games this season, Maryland is 2-3 vs. the spread.

So far, Maryland’s games have averaged 131.5 points per game with the average over/under line being 134.9 points. When analyzing the Terrapins’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 152 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

In their recent matchup, the Maryland offense ended with 53 points against Indiana. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 35.7% and made 2 threes. Offensively, the Terrapins hold a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, placing them 345th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 419th in terms of percentage and 341st in three-pointers made.

So far this season, the Maryland defense has been performing well, ranking 51st in the country at 64.6 points allowed per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.3 threes per game vs. UCLA. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 34.2%.

Will the Bruins Win at Pauley Pavilion?

UCLA will be hitting the court for their 11th game of the season, with a current overall record of 5-5. On the road, they have a record of 1-2, while at home they are 4-1. Prior to today’s game, UCLA has a 3-4-1 ATS record. In their previous five games, the team is 1-4 vs. the spread.

UCLA’s games have, on average, featured 127.9 points per game leading to an over/under record of 1-7-0. Their average over/under line is currently 134.5 points so far. In the Bruins’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 131 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 2-3.

Compared to their season average of 68.5 points per game, UCLA struggled in their previous game. Against Villanova, the Bruins scored 56 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 36.7%. The team’s top scorer is Sebastian Mack, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15, while Adem Bona also maintains a PPG average of 12.5 leading up to the game.

So far this season, the UCLA defense has been performing well, ranking 15th in the country at 60.9 points allowed per contest. In today’s game vs. Maryland, the UCLA defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, UCLA made 16 free-throws vs. the Bruins.