Arizona State vs. UCLA Pick
Should No. 3 UCLA have any trouble in disposing of Arizona State when the two meet up tonight at 11PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, UCLA is the clear favorite at home tonight, as the Bruins are getting odds of -18 points against the Sun Devils. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 181.5 points. UCLA has won five of the last six in this series and covered the spread in five straight against ASU.
UCLA has won five straight since suffering an 89-87 loss at Oregon to move to 18-1 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-12. The Bruins are 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games and 11-8 against the spread on the season. They have failed to cover in their last three games as a double-digit favorite. UCLA is averaging 92.9 points per game on offense this season while allowing 75.3 per game on defense. At home, UCLA averages 97.7 points per game while allowing 72.8 points per contest on defense. UCLA has six players scoring in double figures this season, led by Bryce Alford, who puts up 17.8 points per contest.
Arizona State has lost two straight coming into tonight’s game. The Sun Devils are now 9-9 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-12. Arizona State is only 6-9-2 against the spread this season and just 2-6-1 against the spread on the road. ASU is putting up 81.6 points per game on offense, but allowing 82.9 points per game on defense. Torian Graham is leading the Sun Devils this season with 18.1 points per game. Three other ASU players also score at least 13.5 points per game, including Obinna Oleka, who averages 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
UCLA will win this game, but giving up 18 points is a lot, especially in conference play. Arizona State isn’t a very good defensive team, but UCLA can only score so many points. ASU is an offense that can still put up a big number, which should be enough to cover this lofty spread. I like the Sun Devils to cover in this one.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: ARIZONA STATE +18