College Basketball Picks: California Golden Bears vs. UCLA Bruins

California Golden Bears vs. UCLA Bruins
Sunday, 1/26/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  UCLA -6.5
Current Betting Line:  UCLA -6.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The UCLA Bruins are one of the top offensive teams in the country
The UCLA Bruins are one of the top offensive teams in the country

California had its six-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it dropped a 77-69 decision to the USC Trojans as 8.5-point road favorites, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five affairs.  The Golden Bears returned home to allow their student athletes to attend classes Thursday and Friday, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Offensively, the team has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Justin Cobbs leading the way at 15.3 points a contest.  California is 4-1 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Golden Bears have won four of their last five games against the Bruins, with all eyes on Cobbs and Richard Solomon in this matchup, as they both are Los Angeles natives.  The duo has combined to average 26.1 points in three career games in this series.  California has used five different starting lineups in its first 19 games of the 2013-14 campaign, but head coach Mike Montgomery has sent out the same five players in the last seven contests.

UCLA picked up a convincing 91-74 victory over the Stanford Cardinal as 5.5-point home favorites last Thursday, while going OVER the betting total of 154.5.  In six Pac-12 games, the Bruins are averaging 83.0 points and have shot 46.5 percent from the field, including 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.  Through 19 games, forward Kyle Anderson is averaging 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists—making him one of the top players in the country.  UCLA is 2-0 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points this season.

The Bruins lead the conference in averaging 17.8 assists per game, which has led directly to a league-best 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.  UCLA needs a major performance from sophomore guard Jordan Adams in this affair, as he paces the team and ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring 17.4 points a contest.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bruins due to their 5-0 ATS run when playing on Sundays.

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