Cal vs. UCLA Pick
Can No. 4 UCLA stay tough at home when they face California tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, UCLA is a clear favorite tonight, as the Bruins are getting odds of -10.5 points against Cal. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 153.5 points. Cal won and covered the spread in the last two meetings with UCLA.
UCLA is bounced back from its first loss with a 76-63 win at Oregon State last weekend. The Bruins are 14-1 on the season and 10-5 against the spread. However, UCLA has failed to cover in three straight games. UCLA averages 93.9 points per game on offense while shooting 54 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point land. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 74.3 points per game. TJ Leaf is averaging 17.5 points per game to lead UCLA while Bryce Alford is posting 16.3 points per game.
Cal is coming off an 81-65 win over Arizona State last weekend to snap a two-game losing streak. The Golden Bears are now 10-4 overall and 5-9 against the spread. Cal failed to cover in its only game as an underdog this season. Cal is averaging 70.9 points per game on offense while allowing 60.3 points per game on defense. Cal is holding opponents to 37.5 percent shooting from the field and 28.5 percent from 3-point land. Jabari Bird, Charlie Moore and Ivan Rubb are each averaging 15 points per game to lead the Bears. Rabb also is averaging 10.3 rebounds per game.
UCLA is a tough team at home. The Bruins are 8-0 overall and 5-3 against the spread on their home floor. Cal has a solid defensive team, but the Bears aren’t going to be able to stop UCLA’s offense. The Bruins do give up some points as well, but will be able to limit what Cal can do to match their scoring.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: UCLA -10.5