PAC-12 basketball action at Pauley Pavilion takes place on Thursday night as the Washington State Cougars (14-10) square off with the UCLA Bruins (17-5). So far this season, Washington State is 14-10, and in their most recent game, the Cougars were defeated by Oregon 62-59. UCLA has a 17-5 record and is losing to USC 67-64.
Washington State Cougars Betting Preview: Cougars Look to Break Losing Streak on the Road
On Monday, Washington State suffered their third straight loss, falling 62-59 to Oregon. Michael Flowers led the Cougars with 23 points; however, the team as a whole shot only 30.1 percent overall and made only eight of its 33 3-point attempts. This year, Washington State’s brutal offense has been their downfall as their record fell to 7-6 in the Pac-12 and 14-10 overall after the loss.
The Cougars are averaging only 71.3 points per game, and their inability to score has been due to poor shooting. Washington State is 314th in the US in field goal percentage (41.1%) and 210th in 3-point shooting (33.3%). Michael Flowers leads Washington State in scoring with an average of 13.9 points per game and a 40.2 percent total shooting percentage. Tyrell Roberts is the team’s second top scorer, averaging 10.7 points per game on 33.7 percent shooting.
The defensive side of the ball doesn’t get any better as the Cougars are surrendering 62.5 points per game, ranking 28th in the country in points allowed. Opponents are shooting 40.3 percent overall and 30.7 percent from the three-point range, which is good for the 40th and 58th, respectively. Efe Abogidi is the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 5.8 rebounds per game, and the swat commander, averaging 1.6 blocked shots each game.
UCLA Bruins Betting Preview: Bruins Hopes to Shake Struggles Back at Home
UCLA’s recent problems continued on Saturday, as the Bruins were defeated 67-64 by the USC Trojans, their third loss in the last four games. UCLA’s Tyger Campbell had 27 points, and Johnny Juzang had 12. Overall, UCLA has been restricted to a 30.2 percent shooting percentage, and because of that, the bruins are now 9-4 in Pac-12 play and 17-5 overall after the loss. The Bruins are currently in fourth place in the Pac-12, three games behind Arizona.
UCLA has spent the entire season ranked in the top 25, thanks in large part to above-average play on both ends of the court. With an average of 77.1 points per game, UCLA is ranked 46th in the US in scoring and shooting 44.5 percent overall and 34.3 percent from the three-point range. With an average of 17.8 points per game and a 44.4 percent overall shooting percentage, UCLA’s Johnny Juzang is the team’s leader and best scorer. Jaime Jaquez Jr. is the team’s second-best scorer, averaging 12.8 points per game on 46.0 percent shooting.
UCLA’s defense allows 66.0 points per game on average, with opponents shooting 41.8 percent overall and 32.8 percent from behind the three-point arc. UCLA is averaging 34.7 rebounds per game while allowing 31.4 rebounds per game. Myles Johnson leads UCLA in rebounding with 5.7 per game and has been their best defender, averaging 1.3 blocked shots per game.
Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie has the UCLA Bruins listed as the -8.5 point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 129.5 in the latest odds.
Free Betting Pick
UCLA has struggled of late, dropping three of its last four games, but the Bruins have played each of those four games on the road and will return to Pauley Pavilion on Thursday. UCLA has covered the spread at home in three of its past five games and averages 77.1 points per game.
Three of Washington State’s last four games have failed to cover the spread, and the Cougars have struggled on both sides of the ball. The Cougars have been horrendous, particularly on offense averaging 71.3 points and failing to top 60 points during their three-game losing streak. The Cougars are just 6-7 ATS in conference games, and UCLA should make quick work of a lazy defense.