UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats Las Vegas Odds and College Basketball Predictions


UCLA Bruins
UCLA Bruins
16-7 (1-4 V)
10:00 pm ET, Thursday, February 8, 2018
McKale Center, Tucson
Arizona Wildcats
Arizona Wildcats
19-5 (12-0 H)
ESPN
 
UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats Las Vegas Odds and College Basketball Predictions

For years it seemed the way to the championship of the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball title went through Arizona or UCLA. Or, was that UCLA and Arizona?

The reputation of the league -- or what people perceived of the conference -- was measured on how good the Wildcats and the Bruins were. That had been the case the last few years under Sean Miller and Steve Alford, just as it was back under Arizona's Lute Olson and UCLA's Jim Harrick, Steve Lavin and Ben Howland.

This season -- one of strange bounces and unusual defeats -- that's not the case with Arizona struggling a bit with what is considered a talented team and UCLA having had its off-the-court issues with players and basketball consistency, although UCLA has won four of five games

What's to say will happen this season with a little less than half the conference schedule left and Arizona (19-5, 9-2) clinging to a one-game lead over Southern California and a two-game lead over UCLA (16-7, 7-4).

No. 13 Arizona and UCLA will have to pull their own weight on Thursday when the Bruins visit McKale Center in a nationally televised game.

Miller is 11-9 vs. the Bruins since arriving in 2009, but lost in the last meeting in Tucson. Arizona did, however, beat the Bruins in the rematch in the Pac-12 tournament.

This season, however, is much different than last year with each team younger -- UCLA more so than Arizona -- and both teams struggling on defense but excelling on offense. Arizona is No. 1 in the conference in scoring (85.0 ppg) while UCLA is No. 2 (89.2).

Still, it's the defense that has both coaches concerned -- especially if they have any chance of being among the elite teams nationally. It's an area Arizona has struggled with all season. And that's troubling to Miller.

Since then, behind Miller, Arizona had turned into a defense-first team, making for a menacing team in the half court. This season, particularly on the perimeter, Arizona has been miserable. It ranks 11th in the conference for 3-point defense (36 percent) and seventh in field goal percentage (43 percent).

The numbers are so un-Arizona like that many have suggested Miller go to a zone, something he rarely -- if ever -- has done as a coach.

And UCLA would love that. It ranks fourth in the conference in 3-point shooting at 37.8 percent. Yet, more importantly UCLA coach Steve Alford said he likes how his team has played since losing three games ago.

 

UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
UCLA Bruins +9 (-110) +350 158 (-105)o
Arizona Wildcats -9 (-110) -500 158 (-115)u

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Arizona 89, UCLA 82

 


 

UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

Team Records

UCLA Bruins

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 16-7 13-3 3-4 11-12 7-9 4-3 82.91 75.78 7.13
Last 10 6-4 5-1 1-3 6-4 4-2 2-2 81.70 74.80 6.90
vs Conf 7-4 6-1 1-3 7-4 5-2 2-2 83.00 75.45 7.55

Arizona Wildcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 19-5 13-1 6-4 8-15-1 4-9-1 4-6 82.21 71.75 10.46
Last 10 8-2 4-0 4-2 3-7 0-4 3-3 80.40 72.10 8.30
vs Conf 9-2 5-0 4-2 3-7-1 0-4-1 3-3 80.73 72.64 8.09

Betting Odds Trends

UCLA Bruins

UCLA is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
UCLA is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
UCLA is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of UCLA's last 6 games on the road
UCLA is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Arizona
UCLA is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Arizona
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UCLA's last 5 games when playing Arizona
UCLA is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Arizona
UCLA is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona

Arizona Wildcats

Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Arizona is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
Arizona is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Arizona is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing UCLA
Arizona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing UCLA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing UCLA
Arizona is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against UCLA
Arizona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against UCLA

Injuries

UCLA Bruins

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Ikenna Okwarabizie C Out indefinitely - Concussion - 1/31/18 Okwarabizie is sidelined with concussion-like symptoms and it is unknown when he will rejoin the lineup.
Jalen Hill F out for season - Suspension - 1/1/18 Hill has been issued a season-ending suspension following an off-court incident overseas.
Cody Riley F out for season - Suspension - 1/1/18 Riley has been given a season-ending suspension for his role an in off-court incident.

Arizona Wildcats

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Kory Jones G out for season - Knee - 1/21/18 Jones is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season due to a torn ACL.
Recent Meetings
Date Home Away Line ATS
3/10/17 ARIZ 86 UCLA 75 2.5/157 ARIZ/O
2/25/17 ARIZ 72 UCLA 77 -2.5/160.5 UCLA/U
1/21/17 UCLA 85 ARIZ 96 -5.5/160 ARIZ/O
2/12/16 ARIZ 81 UCLA 75 -11.5/152 UCLA/O
1/7/16 UCLA 87 ARIZ 84 3/152 UCLA/O
3/13/15 ARIZ 70 UCLA 64 -11/139 UCLA/U
2/21/15 ARIZ 57 UCLA 47 -14/140.5 UCLA/U
3/15/14 ARIZ 71 UCLA 75 -5/137.5 UCLA/O
1/9/14 UCLA 75 ARIZ 79 1.5/144 ARIZ/O
3/15/13 UCLA 66 ARIZ 64 4/142.5 UCLA/U

UCLA: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS UCLA FG Opp FG Reb
2/3/18 USC 82-79 (W) -1/155.5 WO 29/57 30/69 32-35
1/27/18 STAN 89-73 (W) -6/154 WO 28/53 28/61 30-23
1/25/18 CAL 70-57 (W) -14/152.5 LU 20/48 22/62 34-41
1/20/18 @ORE 91-94 (L) 4.5/152.5 WO 27/52 32/67 27-29
1/18/18 @ORST 63-69 (L) 0/146 LU 22/58 23/63 33-39
1/13/18 COLO 59-68 (L) -11.5/152.5 LU 23/62 22/51 38-29
1/11/18 UTAH 83-64 (W) -6.5/154 WU 29/56 24/52 30-26
1/6/18 @CAL 107-84 (W) -7.5/156.5 WO 32/55 30/73 33-38
1/4/18 @STAN 99-107 (L) (OT) -3/152 LO 35/77 38/74 38-48
12/31/17 WASH 74-53 (W) -9/161 WU 22/51 19/68 39-35

Arizona: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS ARIZ FG Opp FG Reb
2/3/18 @WASH 75-78 (L) -7/146 LO 31/62 30/63 34-27
1/31/18 @WSU 100-72 (W) -12/150.5 WO 39/64 22/54 39-19
1/27/18 UTAH 74-73 (W) -8.5/145.5 LO 29/45 24/54 25-18
1/25/18 COLO 80-71 (W) -13/145.5 LO 26/49 29/52 22-23
1/20/18 @STAN 73-71 (W) -6/149 LU 27/61 25/60 34-34
1/17/18 @CAL 79-58 (W) -12.5/149 WU 31/50 18/51 34-20
1/13/18 ORE 90-83 (W) -9/149.5 LO 25/46 27/57 25-22
1/11/18 ORST 62-53 (W) -15/146.5 LU 22/53 22/56 33-31
1/6/18 @COLO 77-80 (L) -9/149.5 LO 28/73 29/53 31-32
1/4/18 @UTAH 94-82 (W) -3.5/142 WO 30/60 26/59 44-21

 

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