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#861 California 132 vs.
#862 UCLA -8.5
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 8:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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California Golden Bears vs UCLA Bruins

Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

When: Sunday, January 19, 8:00 PM. ET.

The UCLA Bruins will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak when they take on the California Golden Bears on Sunday night.

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Golden Bears Going For Third Win In Four Games

The Golden Bears had their two-game winning streak snapped by USC in their last game and will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Bruins, which will give them their third win in their last four games.

California has struggled offensively, averaging 64.6 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They finished with 56 points in their last game and will need to do a better job offensively if they want to get past the Bruins.

Matt Bradley led the way for the Golden Bears with 13 points and five rebounds, while Kareem South added 12 points and two rebounds for the Golden Bears.

California is an average defensive team, holding opponents to 69.8 points per game. They gave up 88 points to the Trojans and will need to do a significantly better job defensively if they want to beat the Bruins.

Bruins Going For Second Win In Eight Games

The Bruins have struggled over the past two weeks and have lost six of their last seven games. They will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak and pick up their second win in their last eight games when they face the Golden Bears on Sunday.

UCLA is averaging 70.7 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range. They finished with 59 points in their last game and will need to do play significantly better offensively if they want to get the win.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. led the way for the Bruins with 15 points and three rebounds. Jalen Hill finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while David Singleton added 11 points and two assists for the Bruins.

UCLA has played a little better defensively, holding opponents to 69 points per game. They gave up 74 points in their loss to Stanford and will need to play much better if they want to beat the Golden Bears.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Neither team has played well so far, but the Bruins are the pick. The Golden Bears aren’t a good offensive team, averaging 64.6 points per game. They are averaging 60.8 points per game in their last six games and will struggle to score against the Bruins, who are holding opponents to 69 points per game. UCLA will be able to score against California because the Bruins are averaging 70.7 points per game and are facing a Bears team that gave up 70.6 points per game in its last three games and 75.7 points per game in its last four road games. The Bruins also have the rebounding advantage in this game, averaging 38.5 rebounds per game to California’s 33.4 rebounds per game, which means they will have more second-chance scoring opportunities in this game. With the Golden Bears losing all four road games they have played and the Bruins winning the last five games between the two teams, UCLA is the best bet.

Prediction: UCLA Bruins

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Bruins are averaging 70.7 points per game, but they will fall short of their season average because they are averaging 64.7 points per game in their last four games and are facing a defense that is giving up 69.8 points per game. The Golden Bears are averaging 64.6 points per game, but they too will fall short of their season average against the Bruins because they are averaging 60.8 points per game in their last six games and will have a hard time scoring against a defense that is giving up 69 points per game. With the Bruins and Golden Bears playing under the total in six of their last eight games, the under is the smart play.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Bruins will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Golden Bears in the first half of their games, averaging 33.1 points per game while the Golden Bears average 30.2 points per game.

Prediction: UCLA Bruins

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The Bruins and Golden Bears are averaging 63.3 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

 

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.