The NCAAB season continues with conference play on Thursday, February 2, and here you can check out the best Huskies vs. Bruins betting pick and odds.
UCLA is looking to avoid the third straight loss when they host Washington at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are -17.5 favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at 135.5 points. These Pac-12 rivals will meet for the second time this year; the Bruins won 74-49 in Seattle.
Huskies’ defense dissolved against Arizona
The Washington Huskies (13-10, 11-11-1 ATS) edged the Arizona State Sun Devils in overtime at home but were destroyed by the Arizona Wildcats in the very next game in Seattle. The Huskies allowed a season-high 95 points in a blowout 95-72 defeat, even though the hosts stayed close in the opening half. Arizona poured 57 points in the second 20 minutes and dominated both rebounds (39-28) and assists (25-8) in a well-deserved victory.
Senior forward Keion Brooks led the Huskies in this loss with a game-high 25 points, team-high six rebounds, and two blocks. Keyon Menifield added 21 points and four boards, while Noah Williams scored ten points.
C Franck Kepnang has a knee injury, and he is expected to miss the entire season.
Bruins’ second-half meltdown cost them against USC
The UCLA Bruins (17-4, 12-9-0 ATS) suffered consecutive defeats for the second time this season after losing 77-64 to the USC Trojans on the road. The Bruins returned home from a two-game road trip and now will stay here for the next two games against Washington and Washington State. UCLA played well in the first half at USC and won that period by 12 points. However, the Trojans responded excellently in the second half and scored 52 points, allowing UCLA to just 27 in return. The Bruins were awful from the floor (35.7%) and committed 13 turnovers opposite USC’s nine.
Senior guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. led the Bruins with 15 points and game-high eight rebounds. Tyler Campbell chipped in 14 points, game-high seven assists, and two steals, David Singleton also scored 14 points with five boards, while Amari Bailey contributed 11 points off the bench.
F Evan Manjikian (arm) and G Dylan Andrews (illness) are questionable to face the Huskies on Thursday.
Washington Huskies vs. UCLA Bruins Pick
UCLA has a better offense and defense than Washington, but the Bruins’ D is what makes the biggest difference in this matchup. The Bruins allowed just 49 points to the Huskies in the previous H2H duel, and although I’d be surprised if the host limit Washington to below 50 points in this one, I am backing the home team’s defense to control this game. UCLA is allowing 60.6 points per game, which is the 11th-best D in basketball, while the offense scores 74.8 ppg opposite Washington’s 69.9 ppg. UCLA is a way better side, and anything below a 20-point win would be shocking.
Pick: Take the Bruins at -17.5 (-110)
Washington allowed 72+ points in four of the last five games, while the Huskies surrendered 86+ in two of the previous three. The Bruins are not a high-scoring team, but the hosts have the ability to score around 80 against the defense that allows 70.5 ppg and allowed 70+ in each except one road game this year. The total has gone Over in six of Washington’s last seven games, while the total went Over in four of the Huskies’ previous five games against the Pac-12 conference rivals.
Pick: Over 133.5 points (-130)