Betting on today’s Runnin’ Utes and Bruins game? Catch the action at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA, as the Bruins hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on FS1. The over/under for this game is set at 135 points, and UCLA is favored by -2.5 vs. Utah in a Pac-12 conference matchup.

UTAH RUNNIN’ UTES VS UCLA BRUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UCLA Bruins -2.5

This game will be played at Pauley Pavilion at 7:00 ET on Sunday, February 18th.

WHY BET THE UCLA BRUINS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bruins.
  • Not only will UCLA pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Do the Runnin’ Utes Stand a Chance in Los Angeles?

Utah heads to UCLA as a 2.5-point underdog. On the season, the Runnin’ Utes have gone 15-10, including a 6-8 record in Pac-12 play. Their losing streak sits at three games after falling to USC 68-64.

So far this season, Utah has gone 2-6 on the road, and they have an average scoring margin of -9.2 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, the Runnin’ Utes have gone 2-8.

Utah’s ATS record this season is 11-14, including a mark of 2-6 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Runnin’ Utes are just 2-8 vs. the spread.

Utah’s over/under record for the season sits at 11-12-2, and today’s line of 135 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (147.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 166 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-6.

Coming off their recent game, the Utah offense tallied 64 points in a matchup against USC. Their field goal percentage for the game was 36.7%, and they made 4 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Deivon Smith with 19 points. Branden Carlson also added 15 points for the Runnin’ Utes.

So far, the Runnin’ Utes’ defense is ranked 203rd in the country at 73.0 points per contest. In today’s game, the Utah defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 68 points.

Does UCLA Stand a Chance at Home?

UCLA comes into this game as the favorite, as they have gone 9-4 in their 13 games as the favorite this season. At home, the Bruins are 8-6 this season, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games at home. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +4.5 points per game.

Overall, UCLA has gone 14-11 this season, and they have won their last six games. In their last game, the Bruins beat Colorado by a score of 64-60.

As the favorite this season, UCLA has gone just 3-8-2 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bruins have a lackluster ATS record of 2-6-2. At home, UCLA is just 5-9 vs. the spread this year.

UCLA’s over/under record for the season is 8-17 and the average scoring total in their games is 130 points. Today’s over/under line of 135 is higher than the average OU line in their games this season (134.7). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 133 points.

The UCLA offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 64 points versus Colorado. During the game, they attempted 12 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 44.4%. Offensively, the Bruins hold a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, placing them 349th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 360th in terms of percentage and 346th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Bruins’ defense is positioned 17th in the country, permitting 63.9 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UCLA’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.3% this season.