College Basketball Predictions: UCLA Bruins vs. Missouri Tigers

UCLA Bruins vs. Missouri Tigers
Saturday, 12/7/13, 12:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Missouri -1
Current Betting Line:  Missouri -1.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The UCLA Bruins lead the Pac-12 in scoring
The UCLA Bruins lead the Pac-12 in scoring

UCLA has opened the season 8-0 for the first time since 2006-07, as it averages a Pac-12 Conference-leading 90.6 points per game, including 98.8 points per game over its last four contests.  The Bruins are being led by guard Jordan Adams offensively, who is scoring 21.5 points a contest, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball predictions.  The program is 6-1 SU all-time in this series, with the most recent win coming in overtime last season.  UCLA is 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS as road underdogs of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

The Bruins are outscoring opponents by 21.8 points a game, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Adams has scored in double digits 33 times in 41 career games since arriving on campus, while forward Kyle Anderson is a dynamic all-around player—leading the team with eight double-doubles as a freshman a year ago.

Missouri has also opened up the 2013-14 campaign with an unblemished record, as it comes off an 80-71 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as 6.5-point home favorites Thursday night, while going UNDER the betting total of 152.  The Tigers own a 23-game homecourt winning streak, while they’ve gone 38-1 SU at home under current head coach Frank Haith.  It’s important to point out that the program welcomed back just one starter from last season’s 23-11 squad.  Missouri is 13-1 SU and 6-4 ATS in December the last two-plus seasons.

The Tigers have won four consecutive games versus ranked opponents at Mizzou Arena, while Haith has compiled a 9-4 SU record overall in that situation since arriving on campus.  Missouri is led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, who are combining to average 39.2 points per game.  Clarkson has a string of four consecutive 20-point games heading into this affair.

Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 6-1 ATS mark versus Pac-12 Conference opponents.

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