Against The Spread Pick
The UCLA Bruins are a .500 team in conference play and only one game above .500 overall. They enter this game with an overall record of 11-10 and a conference record of 4-4, which puts them in 6th place in the PAC-12 this season. The Bruins are coming off an impressive win at home against Colorado by a score of 72-68 and have won three of their previous four games. They will look to build off the win against Colorado when they host the Utah Utes on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Utah Utes have been one of the worst teams in the PAC-12 this season. They enter this game with a conference record of 3-5, which includes an overall record of 12-8 putting them in 10th place in the conference. They had their two-game winning streak snapped following a 52-56 road loss against the USC Trojans on Thursday. UCLA is the slightly better team and is playing at home, which is why I’m taking the Bruins -3.5 in this spot.
Over Under Pick
Utah has been an above-average scoring team this season. They enter this game averaging 74.20 points per game, which ranks 107th in college basketball. However, they have one of the worst teams defensively this season, ranking 231st in points allowed per game with 71.15. Meanwhile, the UCLA Bruins are a below-average team in terms of points scored per game with 69.57, which ranks 230th in the nation. However, they have been one of the better teams defensively in the PAC-12 this season, holding opponents to 68.33 points per game, which ranks 157th in the country. I look for this game to go over the 137.5-point total that Vegas has posted for this match-up.