Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bruins and Huskies. The game is starting at 10:30 ET on FS1, and it’s hosted by the Huskies at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, WA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Pac-12 conference contest is set at 138.5 points, with Washington being favored by -3.5 at home against UCLA.

UCLA BRUINS VS WASHINGTON HUSKIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington Huskies -3.5

This game will be played at Alaska Airlines Arena at 10:30 ET on Thursday, February 29th.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Huskies.
  • Not only will Washington pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Bruins Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

UCLA enters this game with a 14-13 overall record, including a 9-7 mark in Pac-12 play. The Bruins have lost two straight games, including their most recent contest against USC, 62-56.

On the road this season, UCLA is 6-5, and over their last 10 games away from home, they are 6-4. They have gone 3-0 in their last three road games, and their average scoring margin on the road is -0.6 points per game.

As the underdog, UCLA has been solid vs. the spread this year, going 9-3. Their overall ATS mark is just 12-13-2, but they have been much better on the road, where they are 7-2-2. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bruins have gone 7-3 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record in UCLA games is 9-18, and the average scoring total in their games is 129.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 138.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (134.7). So far, 22 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 127 points.

UCLA offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 56 points against USC. In that game, they made 4/19 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 33.3%. Offensively, the Bruins have a season long field goal percentage of 41%, which is 356th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 376th in percentage and 347th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Bruins’ defense is nationally ranked 18th, allowing 64.0 points per game. The UCLA defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 62 points and allowed USC to connect on 4 threes.

Pressure Builds for Washington as Home Favorites

Washington comes into this game as the favorite, with a record of 11-4 when favored this season. At home, the Huskies are 11-6, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

So far this season, Washington has gone 15-13, including a 6-10 record in Pac-12 play. They have lost their last two games, most recently falling to Arizona by a score of 91-75.

As the favorite this season, Washington has gone just 7-8 ATS. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Huskies are just 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS record is 8-9 this year and over their last 10 home games, Washington is 4-6 vs. the spread.

Washington’s over/under record this season is 14-13 and the average over/under line in their games is 152.4. So far, 25 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 138.5. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 164 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 7-3.

In contrast to their season average of 80.8 points per game, the Washington had a below average performance. They scored 75 points against Arizona and had a field goal percentage of 38.2%. Keion Brooks Jr. is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 21. Meanwhile, Sahvir Wheeler also brings a PPG average of 14.6 into the game.

Looking at the Washington defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 77.2 points per game (280th). In today’s game vs. UCLA, the Washington defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Washington made 16 free-throws vs. the Huskies.