A PAC-12 matchup occurs at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday when the UCLA Bruins take on the Oregon Ducks. So far this season, UCLA has a 20-5 record, and in their most recent game, the Bruins defeated Arizona State 66-52.. On the other hand, Oregon has a 17-10 record and is coming off a loss to Arizona 84-81. The two teams last met on January 13, with Oregon winning 84-81 in overtime on the road.
UCLA Bruins Betting Preview: Bruins Seek Revenge on the Road in Eugene
After three straight victories in the last week and a half, the UCLA Bruins are now 20-5 overall and 12-4 in PAC-12 play. The Bruins should be a lock for the NCAA tournament, and UCLA will be trying to add victories and boost its seeding position ahead to the PAC-12 tournament with only four games remaining in the regular season.
After hitting a 1-3 sold, the Bruins have bounced back and grabbed their third straight victory over Arizona State. The Bruins never trailed and led by as many as 17 points in the first half. The Sun Devils staged a comeback in the second half, lowering the Bruins’ lead to two points, but they ran out of gas en route to a 66-52 victory. UCLA was led by Jules Bernard and Jaylen Clark, who each scored 16 points. Jaime Jaquez Jr. had a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Bruins should be a popular pick in the NCAA tournament as they run back almost the same team that allowed them to make a deep run into the postseason last year. The Bruins have the 15th most efficient offense and the 13th most efficient defense in the country. The Bruins force nearly 14 turnovers per game while turning the ball over fewer than 10 times per game. Overall, they shot 45 percent and held the opposition to only 41 percent.
Oregon Ducks Betting Preview: Ducks Struggling Down the Stretch
Oregon is trending in the opposite direction as of late, with their chances of making the playoffs has changed dramatically in the last week. The Ducks were solidly established in the tournament seedings prior to their game versus California, but Oregon has dropped three of their last four, putting them among the first four teams out. Oregon is on a must-win mission, starting with Thursday’s matchup against PAC-12 power UCLA. Oregon plays another home game versus #16 USC after the UCLA game and will need at least one win for a conference berth.
The Ducks battled the #2 Arizona Wildcats all the way to the end on Saturday, but were defeated 84-81 on the road. In a high-scoring first half, Oregon led by two points, 47-45. Oregon led by as many as 12 points in the first half, thanks in part to their 48 percent shooting in that period. Arizona’s persistent offensive approach ultimately got to the Ducks in the second half as Arizona shot 53 percent from the floor overall and 48 percent from 3-point range. Oregon was led by Will Richardson, who scored 22 points, and Quincy Guerrier, who scored 21 points.
The Ducks will look to utilize their shooting abilities as they are most effective offensively, ranking 49th in offensive efficiency in the country. Oregon is averaging just over 72 points per game and has a +4.4 point differential on the season. They have a 45 percent overall shooting percentage and 197 triples this season.
Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie has the UCLA Bruins listed as the -3.5 point road favorite, while the total number of points is at 138 in the latest odds.
Free Betting Pick
In this contest, Oregon has no choice but to win. They’ll have to play a game similar to what the Ducks did on the road in Arizona. The Ducks outrebounded Arizona 35-33, making them one of the best rebounding teams in the country. In addition, they only turned the ball over 11 times during the game. Despite allowing the Wildcats to shoot over 53% throughout the game, the Ducks were only defeated by 3 points on the road. In this game against a very solid Bruins club, I anticipate the Ducks to play with the same intensity and effort, especially since they picked up a win over the Bruins earlier in the season.
Oregon must continue to be as effective offensively as they have been against extremely talented opponents this season. UCLA is on a hot streak going 10-3 in their last 13 games and will be looking to get revenge on the Ducks on the road. Be that as it may, the Bruins are 2-5 ATS on the road, and I think -3.5 points is too many for a talented Oregon team at home. Take the Ducks to keep it close.