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The UCLA Bruins will host the Oregon State Beavers in a PAC-12 tilt Thursday night from the Pauley Pavilion. The Beavers came through with a 72-57 home win over Oregon on Saturday, and the Bruins were crushed 104-80 by Stanford in their previous action. Oregon State cruised to a 79-66 home win over UCLA last month.
Oregon State Climbs to Second Place in PAC-12
The Oregon State Beavers have won two straight games to catapult into second place in the PAC-12 with an 8-4 record, three games back of first place Washington. The Beavers tallied a decisive 72-57 home win over Oregon in their previous action on Saturday. Oregon State resumed their strong shooting with a 49% mark from the field while holding Oregon to 44% shooting. Stephen Thompson Jr. led the way offensively with 22 points on a 7 for 15 shooting performance. The senior guard is having a stellar season, reaching 20 points six times in conference play, and he is averaging 16.3 PPG on the year.
Beavers’ top scorer Tres Tinkle continues to shine, shooting at least 50% in four consecutive games which included 13 points on 5 for 10 shooting in Saturday’s win. The junior forward features a 48.8% shooting percentage, and he is averaging 20.1 points on the season.
"Not only was it a big win, not only was it the Civil War, but I think it showed them that they can win a different way."
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 19, 2019
Oregon State is currently placed at 80th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they hold a 4-3 road record. The Beavers have won four out of their last five games, and they are averaging 74.1 points, ranking them 143rd overall. Oregon State is holding opponents to an average of 69 points, placing them 112th in the nation.
UCLA Surrenders Season-High 104 Points
The UCLA Bruins will be eager to return to the court after they surrendered a season-high 104 points in a 104-80 road loss to Stanford on Saturday. The Bruins defense has been an issue recently, and they have plummeted to ninth place in the PAC-12 standings with a 6-7 record. UCLA shot a poor 38.7% in Saturday’s loss, while Stanford was able to record a 53% efficiency. Jaylen Hands was a bright spot in the defeat, accumulating 29 points on an 8 for 14 shooting performance. The sophomore guard is red-hot, averaging 20.5 points in his last two games, and he is posting 13 PPG and 6.2 APG on the year.
Bruins’ top scorer Kris Wilkes has been inconsistent recently, reaching double-digits in points in only two out of his last four games. The sophomore guard went 2 for 11 from the field for seven points in his latest action, and he is averaging 17.3 PPG on 44% shooting.
“Ever since I was young, my parents taught me that if you want something, you’ve got to go get it. I’ve always had that mindset throughout my basketball career. I’ve always had that fire on the court."
Jules Bernard, speaking Tuesday about playing with a fiery demeanor pic.twitter.com/tjCoCSfXHi
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) February 20, 2019
The Bruins are currently positioned at 101st in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they stand at 10-5 on their home court. UCLA is scoring an average of 78 points on the season, ranking them 63rd in the country. They are allowing an average of 76.5 points, positioning them 294th in the country.
The UCLA Bruins are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 100 points in their previous game.
- 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a loss of 20 or more points.
- the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between UCLA and Oregon State.
The Oregon State Beavers are:
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
- over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall.
- over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am siding with UCLA in this matchup. I expect UCLA to play with some desperation in this one. They are back on their home court where they have averaged a sizzling 85 points in their last three games.
Furthermore, UCLA does have the rebounding edge as they are averaging 41.5 rebounds per game compared to 36.2 from Oregon State, and the Bruins out-rebounded the Beavers in the first meeting this season. The Beavers defense hasn’t been nearly as effective in PAC-12 play, and I expect the Bruins to post a solid offensive performance in this one.
Prediction: UCLA Bruins
Full-Game Total Pick
The over is a strong play in this contest. As mentioned UCLA is productive on their home court, and they have also averaged 82.3 points in their last three games overall, plus the over is 5-1 in their last six home games.
In addition, Oregon State was able to net 79 points on 47.5% shooting against the Bruins in the first meeting this season, and the Bruins defense has been shaky, plus the over is 4-1 in the Beaver’s last five road games.
Full-Game Prop Bet
I am going with the over on the Bruins team total. Oregon State does not defend the three well as their three-point defense stands down at 301st in the country. UCLA is shooting a solid 46.1% on the season, and they should do solid damage on their home court in this one.
Prediction: UCLA Team Total: Over
Half-Time Side Pick
I am siding with UCLA on the halftime line as well. UCLA is averaging a remarkable 38 points in the first half in their last three games, while UC Davis has only averaged 33 points. Also, the Bruins are playing solid defense in the first half on their home court where they are limiting opponents to 31.9 points.