UCLA vs. Stanford Pick
Will UCLA continue to stay unbeaten in the Pac-12 when the Bruins go on the road to face Stanford tonight at 10PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, UCLA is favored on the road tonight, as the Bruins are getting odds of -3.5 points against Stanford. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 153.5 points. Tonight’s contest will take place from Maples Pavilion in Stanford, California and air live on FS1.
UCLA has won four straight coming into tonight’s game including wins over Kentucky, Washington State and Washington. The Bruins are now 11-3 on the season, 2-0 in the Pac-12 and 6-8 against the spread. UCLA has covered in three straight games. The Bruins are averaging 83.1 points per game on offense while giving up 74.9 per game on defense. Aaron Holiday is averaging 18.4 points and 5.4 assists to lead UCLA while Thomas Welsh is adding 12.6 points and 11 rebounds per contest.
Stanford has lost its last two games, falling to Kansas and Cal to fall to 6-8 on the season. The Cardinal are also 0-1 in the Pac-12 and 4-10 against the spread. Stanford is 3-3 ATS in its last six. The Cardinal are averaging 72.9 points per game on offense while allowing 74.4 per game on defense. Reid Travis is averaging 20.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to lead Stanford while Michael Humphrey is adding 11.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest.
UCLA has won four of the last five meetings in this series, but Stanford has covered the spread in the last two meetings. The Bruins seemed to have turned a corner recently. Their last three games have made them look like a Pac-12 contender and a national contender. They dominated Washington this past weekend and now hit the road to face a Stanford team that is struggling and doesn’t have the scoring depth the Bruins have. The public betting is strongly with UCLA tonight and I think the Bruins will handle themselves on the road.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: UCLA -3.5