Planning on watching today’s Bruins and Wildcats game? Catch the action at McKale Center in Tucson, AZ, as the Wildcats hosts this showdown at 4:00 ET on ESPN2. The over/under for this Pac-12 conference contest is set at 142.5 points, with the Wildcats being the favored team playing at home against the Bruins.

UCLA BRUINS VS ARIZONA WILDCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UCLA Bruins +16.5

This game will be played at McKale Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE UCLA BRUINS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Wildcats.
  • Even though we have Arizona winning straight-up, we like UCLA at +16.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Will the Bruins Find a Way to Win on the Road?

UCLA is 8-10 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-12. The Bruins have won two straight games, including a 68-66 win over Arizona State. They are 3-4 on the road this season and 6-4 in their last 10 road games.

As an underdog, UCLA is 1-6 this season compared to 7-4 as the favorite. Their average scoring margin on the road is -3.6 points per game, and they are 5-6 at home compared to 3-4 on the road.

UCLA’s ATS record for the season is 7-10-1, but they are 4-2-1 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bruins are 5-4-1.

This season, the over/under record for UCLA games is 4-14 and today’s line of 142.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (134.7). For the year, their games have averaged 128.8 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 133 points.

Coming off their recent game, the UCLA offense tallied 68 points in a matchup against Arizona State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 47.8%, and they made 7 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Sebastian Mack, who is averaging 13.5 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Adem Bona also maintains a PPG average of 12.3 heading into game.

So far, the Bruins’ defense is ranked 24th in the country at 63.9 points per contest. The UCLA defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 66 points and allowed Arizona State to connect on 11 threes.

Do the Wildcats Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

Arizona has been dominant at home this season, going 10-0 with an average scoring margin of +32.4 points per game. They have won all 10 games, and they are 12-4 when favored this season.

The Wildcats have won their last 10 games at home, and they are 5-0 in their last five games at the McKale Center. For the season, they are 13-4, including a 4-2 mark in Pac-12 play.

As the favorite, Arizona has gone 11-5 vs. the spread this season. At home, the Wildcats have an ATS mark of 9-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Arizona is 5-5 vs. the spread.

Arizona’s over/under record this season is 7-9-1, and today’s line of 142.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (159.2). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 152 points, and their over/under record during that stretch is 0-2-1.

The Arizona offense is coming off a game where they scored 82 points against USC. They posted a field goal percentage of 40% and connected on 10 threes. Leading Arizona in scoring vs. USC was Caleb Love with his 20 points. Pelle Larsson also added 13 points for the Wildcats.

At present, the Wildcats’ defense is nationally ranked 154th, allowing 71.6 points per game. Arizona’s three-point defense is currently 174th in the country at 8.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.1% of their shots vs. Arizona.