Washington vs. UCLA Pick
Can UCLA cover a nearly double-digit spread at home when the Bruins take on Washington tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, UCLA is favored at home in this game, as the Bruins are getting odds of -9 points against Washington. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 160 points. Today’s game takes place from the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California and air live on the Pac-12 Network.
UCLA has won three straight games coming into tonight’s contest, including a 96-82 win over Washington State in its Pac-12 opener on Friday. The Bruins now sit at 10-3 overall while going 5-8 against the spread. They have managed to cover in two straight. UCLA is averaging 83.8 points per game on offense while allowing 76.5 per game on defense. Aaron Holiday is leading the team with 18.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while Thomas Welsh is adding 13.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per contest.
Washington has won four straight games coming into today, including an 88-81 win at USC on Friday night. The Huskies are now 11-3 on the season overall and 5-7 against the spread. Washington has failed to cover in three of its last four lined games. The Huskies are averaging 81.1 points per game on offense while allowing 76.2 per game on defense. Jaylen Nowell is leading Washington this season with 16.9 points per game while Noah Dickerson is adding 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.
UCLA has won and covered in its last two meetings with Washington coming into today’s contest. However, The Bruins aren’t a very consistent team this year. While they have won big back-to-back games, they still have had plenty of close games with lesser teams. Washington actually has a roster that is capable of scoring with the Bruins and the defenses are comparable. The Huskies were able to handle a team like Kansas, so going into UCLA shouldn’t concern them. The public betting is siding with Washington today and I agree.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON -9