No. 4 UCLA Bruins Visit Colorado Buffaloes: Betting Odds, Trends and Prediction (2/26/2023)
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- Feb 26, 2023, 3:15:42 AM
The No. 4 ranked UCLA Bruins (24-4, 15-2 Pac-12) visit the Colorado Buffaloes (15-14, 7-11 Pac-12) on Sunday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m. EST. The Bruins are the favorites with a -6 point spread, and the total over/under is set at 134.5 points.
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Analysis: UCLA Bruins
The Bruins come into this game with a record of 24-4 and have been on an impressive eight-game winning streak, averaging 69.7 points per game while holding their opponents to an average of just 59.8 points per game. UCLA is shooting 45% from the field during this winning streak, and their defense has been instrumental in their recent success. The Bruins are ranked third in the Pac-12 for their 3-point shooting percentage, with a success rate of 36.2%.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. is the leading scorer for the Bruins with 13.8 points per game. He scored 23 points in UCLA's last game against Utah Utes, helping the team secure the victory. David Singleton has been solid from beyond the arc, averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers per game, and shooting 43.5% from beyond the arc. Cody Riley has also been an important player for the Bruins, averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Analysis: Colorado Buffaloes
The Buffaloes have not had the most successful season, with a record of 15-14, and just 7-11 in Pac-12 play. They are currently 11-3 at home, and will be looking to defend their home court against the Bruins. Tristan da Silva has been the standout player for the Buffaloes, averaging 17.9 points per game over the last 10 games. KJ Simpson has been an important contributor, averaging 15.9 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Colorado is averaging 70.4 points per game, while outscoring their opponents by 3.7 points per game. They have had a tough season, with a 4-6 record in their last ten games, averaging 65.6 points per game during this stretch.
UCLA is the favorite to win this game, and their betting trends reflect that. The Bruins have covered the spread in seven of their last ten games, including their last four in a row. They have also been a strong road team, covering the spread in six of their last eight games away from home. On the other hand, Colorado has struggled to cover the spread, going 3-7 in their last ten games. They have also been particularly weak at home, where they have covered the spread in just three of their last ten games.
Public Betting Data
As of now, the public betting data favors UCLA to cover the spread and win the game outright. Around 75% of the betting action is on the Bruins to cover the spread, and around 80% is on them to win outright. This could be due to their impressive record this season, as well as their recent strong performances.
The Bruins are one of the best teams in the country, and they are coming into this game with a lot of momentum. They have won eight of their last ten games, and they have been dominating their opponents on both ends of the floor. They have a balanced offense, with multiple players who can score in double figures on any given night, and their defense is one of the best in the country.
On the other hand, Colorado has struggled this season, particularly in conference play. They have a losing record in the Pac-12, and they have struggled to compete with the top teams in the conference. While they have some talented players, they have not been able to put it all together consistently this season.
Given the talent and momentum that UCLA brings into this game, as well as Colorado's struggles this season, it's difficult to see the Buffaloes pulling off an upset here. UCLA should win this game comfortably, covering the spread and potentially winning by double digits.
Picks: UCLA Bruins -6, UCLA Bruins (-263), Under 134.5