Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bruins and Trojans. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN2, and it’s hosted by the Trojans at Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 135.5 points, and USC is favored by -2.5 to win at home against UCLA.

UCLA BRUINS VS USC TROJANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: USC Trojans -2.5

This game will be played at Galen Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE USC TROJANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Trojans.
  • Not only will USC pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can UCLA Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

UCLA enters tonight’s game as a 2.5-point underdog, and they have gone just 1-7 this season when in that role. The Bruins are coming off a six-point loss to Arizona, which dropped their record to 8-11 on the year.

So far, UCLA has gone 3-5 in Pac-12 play, and they are 5-6 when playing on the road. Over their last 10 road games, the Bruins have gone 5-5, and they are 1-2 in their last three.

As the underdog this season, UCLA has gone 5-3 vs. the spread. On the road, the Bruins have an ATS mark of 5-2-1 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 5-4-1.

UCLA’s over/under record this season is 5-14 and today’s line of 135.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (135.1). So far, 15 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 138 points.

UCLA is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 71 points versus Arizona. This output is higher than their season-average of 65.2 points per game. Leading the team in scoring was Sebastian Mack with 21 points. Lazar Stefanovic also added 17 points for the Bruins.

This season, the UCLA defense has been impressive, holding the 31st position in the country while permitting an average of 64.6 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UCLA’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.5% this season.

Can USC Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?

USC will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak when they take on UCLA on Thursday night. The Trojans are 8-11 overall and 2-6 in Pac-12 play. They have gone 6-4 at home compared to 2-7 on the road.

For the season, USC has been favored in 13 of their 19 games, going 8-5 in those contests. They come in as 2.5-point favorites tonight, and their average scoring margin at home is +5.9 compared to -5.4 on the road.

As the favorite this season, USC has gone 7-6 against the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 5-5, and over their last three home games, they are 2-1 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Trojans have a 5-5 ATS record.

This season, the over/under record for USC games is 13-6. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 150.9 points, which is higher than today’s over/under line of 135.5. In their last three games, the OU record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 141 points.

Coming off their recent game, the USC offense tallied 67 points in a matchup against Arizona State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 46.6%, and they made 4 threes. The team’s top scorer is Boogie Ellis, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 18.7, while Isaiah Collier also carries a PPG average of 15.4 into the game.

Currently, the Trojans’ defense holds the 230th rank in the nation, allowing 75.2 points per game. So far, the USC defense is giving up an average of 8.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.3 times per game (671st).