NCAA Basketball Picks: Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins
No. 21 Oregon Ducks at No. 24 UCLA Bruins
Saturday, 1/19/12, 4:00 PM EST, TV: CBS
Opening Point Spread: UCLA -4.5
Current Betting Line: UCLA -5.5
Opening Total: 143.5
Current Total: 146.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Oregon has won six games in a row, including a 76-74 victory over the USC Trojans as four-point road favorites Thursday night, while going OVER the total for the first time in five contests. “We haven’t been sharp now the last two game which is a big concern,” stated Ducks coach Dana Altman. The Ducks have opened with four straight conference wins for the first time in 39 years, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks against the spread. Oregon is 4-1 ATS as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the last two-plus years, with the OVER going 3-2 in that situation.
The Ducks have dropped seven of their last eight games against the Bruins, as they’ll need their starters to produce on the offensive end. Oregon has six players averaging between 8.1 and 12.0 points, while freshman Damyean Dotson has averaged 19.0 points in four road games. The program is nationally ranked for the first time since 2007.
UCLA enters with a 10-game win streak, which includes a 74-64 triumph over the Oregon State Beavers as 13.5-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total for the fourth time in five contests. The Bruins may get caught looking ahead to next week’s trip to face Arizona and Arizona State, but their head coach will try to keep them focused on the task at hand. “All we’re concerned about with is trying to beat the University of Oregon,” stated Ben Howland this week. The program is 5-0 in Pac-12 Conference play for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign. UCLA is 4-2 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points since 2010, something to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.
The Bruins are led offensively by guard Shabazz Muhammad, who is averaging 18.4 points per game, which is the fourth-highest scoring average in the conference. He has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games. UCLA has been in some close affairs this year, posting a 6-1 mark in games decided by five or fewer points.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 6-1 in the Bruins’ last seven conference games.
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