College Basketball Picks Against the Spread: UCLA Bruins vs. Georgetown Hoyas
No. 13 UCLA Bruins vs. Georgetown Hoyas
Monday, 11/19/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN2
Opening Point Spread: UCLA -5.5
Current Betting Line: UCLA -6.5
Opening Total: 128
Current Total: 131
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
UCLA has opened up its 2012-13 season with a 3-0 record, which includes a 100-70 blowout win over James Madison as 16-point home favorites on Thursday night. The Bruins are expected to have freshman Shabazz Muhammad in the lineup, who was penalized for accepting travel and lodging during unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina. “I am excited to play,” commented Muhammed over the weekend. The program will play in New York City for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five. UCLA is 0-2 ATS as a neutral court favorite of 6.5 to 9 points since 2010, which is something to watch when monitoring the college basketball odds.
The Bruins have been led offensively by the play of freshman guard Jordan Adams, who has scored at least 20 points in each of their first three games. He has made 28 of 29 free throws this year, including each of his last 26 attempts. UCLA returned three starters from its 2011-12 team, while welcoming in ESPN.com’s No. 1 recruiting class. The team has recorded a 15-12 all-time record when playing in the Big Apple, including 2-5 under head coach Ben Howland.
Georgetown has won consecutive games to start the year, including a 68-59 victory over Liberty on Wednesday, as it hit 50 percent of its field goal attempts. “With all due respect to Liberty, we got some games coming up, and we’re preparing for some teams that are little bit better than them,” commented Hoyas forward Nate Lubick. The Hoyas could have Otto Porter back on the floor, who has been sitting out with concussion-like symptoms. Georgetown is 16-5 ATS in non-conference action the last two-plus years.
The Hoyas have lost both meetings against their opponent on Monday, as they hope freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera can continue to excel on the offensive end, as he leads the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game. Sophomore forward Greg Whittington is second on the roster in averaging 13.0 points per game and leads the team with 12.0 rebounds.
Sports bettors will likely back the Hoyas due to their 15-5 ATS mark in neutral-site affairs, while the Bruins are 1-5 ATS in that situation.
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