The Utah Runnin’ Utes (12-8, 3-5 Pac-12) will try to snap their five-game road losing streak in a matchup against the UCLA Bruins (11-10, 4-4 Pac-12) at Pauley Pavilion. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Utah Runnin’ Utes vs. UCLA Bruins ATS Prediction
In the Runnin’ Utes’ last contest, they were defeated by the USC Trojans, 56-52. Converting at the free throw line was one of USC’s biggest advantages. They were 14-16 (87.5 percent), while the Runnin’ Utes were just 10-15 (66.7 percent). Timmy Allen led Utah in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-20 shooting.
The Bruins were victorious over the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes in their last outing, 72-68. UCLA won the rebounding battle. The Bruins had more offensive rebounds (13 vs. seven), defensive rebounds (26 vs. 22) and total rebounds (39 vs. 29). Chris Smith was the game’s leading scorer with 30 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field.
After the Runnin’ Utes won both games against the Bruins last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last game, Utah won 92-81. The Runnin’ Utes had a much better turnover percentage (6.1 vs. 11.2) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.581 vs. 0.525).
UCLA does a great job at getting to the charity stripe. They rank 58th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.266), but Utah is among the best in the nation at keeping opponents off the line (ranking eighth by allowing a FTA rate of 0.150).
Utah vs. UCLA Odds Pick
Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Utah, O/U – Over
UCLA ranks 35th in assists allowed per game (10.4) while Utah ranks 189th (13.7).
The Runnin’ Utes rank 155th in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while the Bruins rank 256th (18.0).
UCLA ranks 17th in rebounds allowed per game (30.4) while Utah ranks 79th (33.4).
The Bruins average 3.5 blocks per game, which ranks 95th in the nation. The Runnin’ Utes rank 149th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
UCLA averages 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 91st in the country. Utah ranks 98th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
The Runnin’ Utes have been outscored by an average of 5.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Utah has defeated opponents by an average of 3.0 points.
During their last five games, the Bruins have scored an average of 63.6 points per game (6.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.2 points per game (1.1 below their season average).