Arizona State at UCLA Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 18, 2017 in

The Arizona State Sun Devils have dropped 5 of 8 and look to get some better momentum going as they head into Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night to take on #3 UCLA. Arizona State (9-9, 2-3 Pac-12) have dropped decisions against Utah and at Arizona after knocking off Colorado, 78-77, at home. UCLA (18-1, 5-1 Pac-12) have only a 2-point loss at then-#21 Oregon as a blemish on their slate. Since then they have run off five straight wins, including an 83-82 nailbiter over Utah on Saturday. After you read about this game, click to see our NCAA basketball lines and picks for the week ahead.

Arizona State at UCLA Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:00pm ET
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles
Radio: Arizona State / UCLA
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NCAA Basketball Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Sun Devils?

Arizona State has a high-scoring attack, as they showed after halftime in their 91-75 loss to Arizona. They fell behind 12-0 early and only put up 25 points in the first half, but then they poured in 50 points after halftime — but simply could not catch up. They are a team that lives by the three — and they opened 0 for 9 from downtown in that first half, but then they found their touch after halftime. Obinna Oleka led Arizona State with 22 points, and Tra Holder chipped in 20. Arizona State runs into trouble with teams that are big on the inside; 6-10 Jethro Tshisumpa started for the Sun Devils against the 7-footers that Arizona puts on the floor, but it didn’t help much, at least not in that first half. If you like Arizona State to cover in this game, you think they’ll come out shooting like their normal selves and will do a better job contesting on the inside.

Why should you put your money on the Bruins?

UCLA almost took their second loss of the season on Saturday at Utah, and it took a big stop late on a three by Utah’s Kyle Kuzma to secure the win. Lonzo Ball had a big night, posting 17 points, six boards and eight assists, and Thomas Welsh made two big free throws with one second left on the clock, in a game that saw nine ties and a dozen lead changes. Bryce Alford added 15 points, and T.J. Leaf posted a double-double with a dozen points and 10 boards. Each time the Utes went on a run, UCLA responded with big offensive runs. The biggest problem for UCLA is a lack of commitment on defense, which can let other teams out on big runs.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

UCLA is vulnerable on the defensive end of the floor, but not to a team like Arizona State. I predict a final score of UCLA 85, Arizona State 72.