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UCLA vs Arizona Odds and Picks (Jan. 21)

Jack Magruder

by Jack Magruder in College Basketball

Updated Jan 20, 2023 · 7:59 PM PST

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ASU guard Austin Nunez (2) stares at UCLA guard Tyger Campbell (10) during a game at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe on Jan. 19, 2023. Basketball Ucla Asu Ucla At Arizona State
  • UCLA and Arizona meet in a battle of Pac-12 contenders on Saturday, January 21.
  • No. 5 UCLA and No. 11 are listed as a pick-em in a game at McKale Center.
  • Read below for UCLA vs Arizona odds, analysis and prediction.

No. 11 Arizona (16-3, 5-3 Pac-12) is a listed as a pick-em against UCLA in a Pac-12 game at 2pm ET Saturday on FS1 at McKale Center. The Wildcats had lost two of three before an 81-66 home victory over USC on Thursday.

No. 5 UCLA (17-2, 8-0 Pac-12) has a 14-game winning streak, the third-longest active streak In Division I behind Charleston (19 games) and Florida Atlantic (17). The Bruins opened as a 1-point favorite after beating Arizona State on Thursday.

UCLA vs Arizona Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
UCLA Bruins E (-110) -110 Over 150.5 (-110)
Arizona Wildcats E (-110) -110 Under 150.5 (-110)

Odds from DraftKings on Jan. 20.

UCLA and Arizona are a pick-em in a series that had skewed the Bruins’ way until last year. Arizona won and covered the final two of three meetings in 2022, including an 84-76 victory in the championship game of the Pac-12 tournament. UCLA won and covered the previous six and is 13-5 ATS in the series since 2014. Arizona is 4-5 SU and 1-8 ATS in the series at home since 2012, all as a favorite of at least 2.5 points.

UCLA is 12-7 ATS this season, 4-1 ATS on the road. Arizona is 7-11-1 ATS , 4-6-1 ATS at home, and 2-5-1 ATS in its last eight. The Bruins’ games had gone under the total in seven straight  before a basket at the buzzer pushed their 74-62 victory Thursday over the 134.5 number. Arizona has been under in four of its last six.

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UCLA Keeps Pushing

The Bruins put the ball in the hands of senior guards Tyger Campbell and David Singleton to bump their winning streak to 14 against an aggressive Arizona State defense that switched everything on the perimeter and largely took Jaime Jaquez Jr. out of the game, although foul trouble also was a factor.

Assist leader Campbell tied a season high with 22 points, spot-up shooter Singleton had a season-high 21, and they combined to make 14 of 21 shots from the field. Campbell, who had one assist and two turnovers, has not committed more than two turnovers in a game since Dec. 4.

Singleton (10.8 points, a team-high 41 threes) has joined Jaquez (16.3, 7.0 rebounds), Jaylen Clark (14.0 points) Campbell (13.8 points) in the starting lineup since Amari Bailey went down with a foot injury, but Bruins coach Mick Cronin indicated Bailey is nearing a return. Jaquez and Clark are shooting over 50% from the field, and the Bruins are in the top 50 in Division I in field goal percentage.

With Campbell as the front man, the Bruins’ excel at valuing every possession. UCLA has committed only 9.9 turnovers per game, sixth in Division I, and has 17.1 takeaways per game,  18th in Division I. The Bruins’ 1.51 assist-to-turnover ratio is 13th.

Arizona Makes a Change

After losing two of the previous three games to unranked Washington State and Oregon, Wildcats coach Tommy Lloyd returned senior Campbell transfer guard Cedric Henderson to the starting lineup in the victory over USC, a move that added an athletic presence in the backcourt to pair with shooter/distributor Kerr Kriisa.

Henderson had 11 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes, and former starter Pelle Larsson handled his first non-start of the season with 15 points in 30 minutes. Arizona is not a deep team — only six players average as much as 13 minutes per game — and the move also gave the bench more scoring punch.

Six-foot-11 forward Azuolas Tubelis (20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds) is a leading candidate for Pac-12 player of the year with UCLA’s Jaquez, and 7’0″ center 7’0 (16.1, 9.0) adds beef inside. Tubelis had 15 points and 17 rebounds against USC, his seventh double-double of the year.

The Wildcats have some strong offensive numbers, They are ninth in Division I with a plus-8.2 rebound margin and are 13th with a 49.2 field goal percentage. With Kriisa (10.9 points 44, threes) and guard Courtney Ramey (10.4 points, 41 threes) loading up from outside, they are 16th in effective field goal percentage at 56.0.

UCLA vs Arizona Prediction

These teams took turns winning and covering a year ago in a heated rivalry that returned to the national stage after losing some of its sheen as both worked through coaching issues in recent seasons. Tubelis is a gifted scorer, and because he is left-handed presents a challenge teams are not used to. UCLA is getting good play from 6’11” freshman Adem Bona, but he will be over-matched against the Wildcats’ bigs. Take the Wildcats at home to break bitter foe UCLA’s winning streak.

  • Pick: Arizona: Even (-110)
  • Season CBK: 23-12 ATS
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