Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Bruins vs Utes CBB Odds
Looking for UCLA Bruins vs. Utah Utes NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Bruins taking on the Utes on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Bruins Utes matchup.
19-8 (2-5 V) UCLA Bruins vs Utah Utes 17-9 (11-2 H)
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Utes -3
CBB Betting Total: 150
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Critical game for both programs with just a few left on the schedule. A Utah win brings them into a potential three way tie with UCLA and USC for second place in the conference.
UCLA spanked them at home in January but they can’t be too confident they have done enough to this point to fade down the stretch.
In terms of pure talent there is a lot to like about this UCLA team. The problem is they don’t always play up to it. Case in point – home loss to Colorado.
At their best this is an easy scoring team with a great combination of inside and perimeter scoring led by an underrated point guard in Aaron Holiday.
Holiday is a great combination of scorer and distributor and I like that he does not consider himself a bomber. He takes what the defense gives him and that is an average of close to 20ppg.
Thomas Welsh is a sweet shooting big man but hasn’t forgotten that 7 footers are also supposed to rebound the ball. He averages a double-double.
Larry Krystowiak might be one of the most underrated coaches in college hoops. His teams are tough to play against and he produces pros – two great qualities.
Since getting the program going he has had at least 20 wins in each of the least four season. With a strong finish he can get there again and that is probably without a pro on the roster.
Justin Bibbins has a nice game but the diminutive transfer from Long Beach State is unlikely to play in the league. Still he is tough to keep out of the lane and is having his best season shooting.
Tyler Rawson is becoming a quality big man. He can score inside and out but they need him to be more of a presence defensively against better teams.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in UCLA last 8 road games.
- UCLA are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- UTAH are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- UTAH are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Pacific-12.
Free UCLA Bruins vs. Utah Utes NCAAB Prediction:
The Utes are small favourites in this one. At three or less usually the winner covers so I advise you go with that.
I want Utah to get the wins they need to participate in the Tournament but I think they are going to take the loss here. USC is next which is another opportunity.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UCLA ATS
I like UCLA’s athleticism to show here. Utah is a tough place to play and they may be work out for when they go to Colorado next.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: UCLA 77 – Utah 72
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