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Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
When: Thursday, March 14, 9:00 PM. ET.
The Arizona State Sun Devils will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the UCLA Bruins in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday night.
Bruins Going For Second Consecutive Win
The Bruins managed to snap their two-game losing streak with a win over the Stanford Cardinal in their first round of the Pac-12 tournament and will try to keep the momentum going by picking up their second win in a row when they face the Sun Devils on Thursday.
“That is a moment of leadership, I don’t think I’ve ever seen.”@Pac12Network's Lewis Johnson on Kris Wilkes (@kadw31) taking over UCLA’s huddle late in the second half.#GoBruins pic.twitter.com/99f4ewRMNX
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) March 14, 2019
They will need to play better than they did during their 84-73 loss to the Sun Devils during the regular season if they want to advance to the semifinals.
UCLA has done well on offense, averaging 78.4 points per game. The team is shooting 45.7percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.
Kris Wilkes leads the way for the Bruins with 17.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jaylen Hands is averaging 13.9 points and 6.3 assists per game, while Moses Brown is averaging 10.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
The Bruins haven’t played well defensively, giving up 77.6 points per game. They gave up 86.3 points per game in their last four games and will need to play significantly better if they want to beat the Sun Devils on Thursday.
Sun Devils Going For Sixth Win In Seven Games
The Sun Devils finished second in the Pac-12 standings, three games behind the Washington Cougars. Even though they are a projected NCAA tournament team, they will try to improve their seeding and will try to make it to the conference tournament title game. However, they will have to get past a UCLA team that will be trying to avenge its regular season loss.
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— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) March 14, 2019
Arizona State has been on a roll lately, winning three straight games and five games in their last six contests. They will try to pick up their fourth win in a row and sixth win in their last seven games on Thursday night.
The Sun Devils have played well offensively, averaging 77.7 points per game. They are shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from three-point range.
Luguentz Dort leads the way for the Sun Devils with 16.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Remy Martin is averaging 13.5 points and 5.2 assists per game, while Zylan Cheatham is averaging 11.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
The Sun Devils have struggled defensively and are giving up 72.9 points per game. They played well in their last four games, giving up 67.7 points per game and will need to keep playing well defensively to get past the Bruins on Thursday.
Arizona State is:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
- 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Sun Devils have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five games against teams with winning records and five of their last eight neutral site games. The Bruins have struggled against the spread, losing five of their last six neutral site games and 16 of their last 21 games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Arizona State Sun Devils
Full-Game Total Pick
The Bruins have played under the total in two of their last three games against the Sun Devils. The Sun Devils have played under the total in their last five games and in their last four games following a straight up win.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Bruins will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Sun Devils in the first half of their last three games, averaging 33 points per game while the Sun Devils average 29.7 points per game.
Prediction: UCLA Bruins
Half-Time Total Bet
The Bruins and Sun Devils are averaging 62.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.