College Basketball Picks: Colorado Buffaloes vs. UCLA Bruins

Colorado Buffaloes vs. UCLA Bruins
Thursday, 2/13/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  UCLA -10.5
Current Betting Line:  UCLA -10.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The UCLA Bruins are 3-0 SU in this series since the Colorado Buffaloes landed in the Pac-12 Conference
The UCLA Bruins are 3-0 SU in this series since the Colorado Buffaloes landed in the Pac-12 Conference

Colorado has won three games in a row, including a 91-65 victory over the Washington Huskies as 7.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total in each of those contests.  The Buffaloes have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with junior guard Askia Booker leading the way at 14.2 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  He has also surpassed last year’s season total in assists.  Colorado is 1-4 SU and 3-2 ATS as underdogs this season.

The Buffaloes have compiled a 4-3 SU record since star Spencer Dinwiddie was lost for the season due to injury—averaging 69.3 points and shooting 45.4 percent from the field over that span.  Dinwiddie not only led the team in scoring, assists, steals and free throw percentage—he also paced the squad from beyond the arc in knocking down 41.3 percent of his shots in that area.

UCLA is 4-1 SUATS over its last four games, as it returns home after picking up a 83-73 victory over the USC Trojans as 9.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in four contests.  The Bruins have won all three meetings in this series since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12 Conference, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Offensively, the team is led by the play of guard Jordan Adams, who is averaging 16.8 points per game.  UCLA is 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Bruins are hoping that forward Kyle Anderson can continue shooting well from beyond the arc, as he’s made 20 of 40 three-point attempts during the 2013-14 campaign—a much better result than his 21.1 percent performance from that area during his first year in Westwood.  UCLA has a lot of offensive firepower—leading directly to averaging 82.9 points through 23 games.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bruins due to their 20-8 ATS mark in their last 28 home games versus teams with a losing road record.

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