UCLA continues its hot streak after a 23-point blowout against Stanford. They now hold a six-game winning streak before hitting the road. The Bruins take on the Arizona Wildcats in their first of four road games. This is their chance to bounce back from a recent 75-59 loss to UCLA. With the home-court advantage on their side, we look forward to the Wildcats putting pressure on their opponents to even things out.
NitroBetting looks at the game’s interesting points in this UCLA vs. Arizona preview. Find event details, team and player statistics, the latest NCAAB betting odds, trends, and predictions.
UCLA vs. Arizona Game Information
- When: Thursday, February 3, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, AZ
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: 103.5 The Game (UCLA) / KFNX 1100 AM (Arizona)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAAB Betting Odds: UCLA (+7) / Arizona (-7)
Why Bet on the UCLA Bruins?
The team averages 78.0 points (24th) per game on 45.6% shooting (77th). They hit 50.9% of their attempts from close and mid-range (126th) while averaging 35.4% from beyond the arc (86th). They might not match what Arizona has to offer, but the side does have plenty to offer on both ends of the court.
Defensively, UCLA allows 63.9 opponent points (37th) per game. The team limits opponents to 40.9% shooting (56th). They also have solid defense from the shorter range and hold opponents to 46.4% two-point shooting (54th). Furthermore, the Bruins average 37.4 total rebounds (60th) per game.
Two players are on UCLA’s questionable list, featuring guards Jaime Jaquez Jr. (ankle) and Jaylen Clark (head). Meanwhile, Johnny Juzang remains out indefinitely after the guard picked up an illness before the end of January.
Why Bet on the Arizona Wildcats?
The Wildcats are a team that asserts their presence on both ends. Their most recent performance was a solid example of how good the team can be. They weren’t shooting as well as we expected them to against Arizona State. Nevertheless, the team pulled through and came up huge from the free-throw line, taking every scoring opportunity they could get. The team led the game by 11 points by the final buzzer.
Arizona is the second-highest scoring team in the NCAA basketball league now. They average 86.0 points per game on 48.0% shooting (16th). The team is also deadly from shorter ranges and makes 56.9% of two-point attempts (eighth). The Wildcats also display good ball movement and lead the league in assists at 20.5 per game.
On defense, Arizona allows 64.5 opponent points (46th) per game. They have one of the best shooting defenses in the league, limiting teams to 36.8% shooting (second) and 39.2% two-point shooting (first). Furthermore, the team’s rebounding skills are beyond impressive. They average 43.7 total rebounds (first) per game.
UCLA vs. Arizona Betting Trends
- UCLA is 7-3 in the last ten road games (4-6 ATS).
- UCLA is 5-0 in the last five games against Arizona (8-2 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of UCLA’s last five road games against Arizona.
- Arizona is 10-0 in the last ten games at the McKale Memorial Center (5-5 ATS).
- Arizona is 5-5 in the last ten home games against UCLA (2-0 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of Arizona’s last ten games against UCLA.
UCLA vs. Arizona Expert Betting Prediction
Despite UCLA doing well in their conference, Arizona gets the upper hand in this match. They are the better team on paper. Home-court advantage also plays in their favor. However, don’t expect the visitors to make it easy for the hosts in this one. UCLA is more than capable of covering the spread while keeping their winning chances at bay. They have the skill and the results to keep things interesting until the dying minutes of the game. Their earlier win against Arizona is a testament to their form. We look forward to a tighter contest between both teams this time around.
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