UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats on ESPN Thursday Night

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

After a 31-5 season last year that ended in the Sweet Sixteen, this has been a step back season for head coach Steve Alford and the UCLA Bruins.  In his fifth season on the job, Alford has produced three Sweet Sixteen seasons but that has been offset with inconsistent Vegas Lines NCAA Basketball results.  The Arizona Wildcats are a traditional power under ninth year head coach Sean Miller.  Miller has produced three Elite Eight and a pair of Sweet Sixteen seasons at Arizona.  As the Pac 12 leader the Wildcats look primed for another huge run in the Big Dance come March.  Arizona hosts UCLA on Thursday.

UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats

Date and Time: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10 p.m. Eastern

Location: McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona

NCAA Betting Online Odds at Betnow:

UCLA +9 (-110) 157½ (-110) +360
Arizona -9 (-110) 157½ (-110) -450

Bruins vs. Wildcats TV Coverage: ESPN

UCLA Bruins

The UCLA Bruins have been in good Vegas Lines NCAA Basketball form with three payouts in their last four games.  Steve Alford’s team now stands at 16-7 straight up and 11-12 against the spread.  Over the total has paid out in three out of UCLA’s last four games.  The Bruins are coming off an 82-79 home payout against intracity rival USC.  On the road UCLA has paid out in just two out of five games with the over hitting four times.  Offense is where the Bruins excel with a national ranking of 28th.  Junior guard Aaron Holiday leads UCLA with 19.2 points and 5.4 assists per game.

Arizona Wildcats

The Arizona Wildcats are the only ranked team in the Pac 12 Conference.  They have also suffered from a drop in betting value with just two payouts in their last nine games.  Coach Sean Miller’s team is coming off a 78-75 loss at Washington as seven point chalks.  Over the total has hit in the last four Arizona games.  Home court has been a drag on the Wildcats betting value with just three payouts in 12 games at McKale Center.  Junior guard Allonzo Trier leads the team in scoring with 19.9 points per game.  A leaky defense that ranks 162nd in the country has been a drag on Arizona’s betting value.

Team vs. Team

UCLA has dominated the online sportsbook Betting odds in this head to head series against Arizona.  The Bruins have come away with the cash in 12 out of their last 16 games against the Wildcats.  Over the total has hit in four out of the last five meetings between UCLA and Arizona.  In the last five meetings between the Bruins and Wildcats at Arizona, the cashier’s cage has been visited by UCLA five consecutive times.  Three out of those five games went under the total.

Matchup to Watch

At first glance, Arizona and their rocket fueled offense would appear to be the easy

Vegas Lines NCAA Basketball pick in this matchup.  But a closer look reveals that the Wildcats inconsistent defense has made them a terrible betting value on their home court.  UCLA has the offense to not only keep pace with Arizona but also stay within the number.

Bruins vs. Wildcats NCAA games Betting Odds Picks

UCLA has proven betting value at Arizona and an offense that makes them difficult to put away.  UCLA is the call.

NCAA Betting Online Pick: UCLA Bruins

NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Wildcats 83, Bruins 80

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