Against the Spread Pick
The Arizona Wildcats have won three in a row and five of their last six games heading into Saturday’s date with the UCLA Bruins. This is Arizona’s best stretch by far since beginning the season 9-0 at the expense of not as strong competition. Nico Mannion seemed to emerge from a brief slump with 20 points against USC earlier this week. UCLA, on the other hand, is 5-9 in its past 13 overall and coming off an 84-66 setback at Arizona State on Thursday. Only one player (Chris Smith) is averaging in double-figures at 12.9 points per game. The Bruins are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 on the road, 2-5 ATS in their last seven against opponents with winning percentages over .600, and 16-35 ATS in their last 51 on the road against opponents with winning home records. Arizona is 5-1 ATS in its last six at home against opponents with losing road records. Lean toward the WILDCATS.
Over Under Pick
UCLA at least has some depth on the offensive end. Seven different guys are contributing more than 7.5 points per game. This squad has also given up at least 84 points in its two most recent setbacks. Arizona attempted 40 foul shots during its recent victory over USC. The over is 3-1-1 in the Bruins’ last five against opponents with winning percentages over .600. Expect this one to go OVER the total.