UCLA vs Utah Predictions, NCAA Basketball Picks 2/20/2020
Game: UCLA Bruins vs Utah Utes
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -2
The UCLA Bruins travel to Jon M. Huntsman Center to play the Utah Utes on Thursday, February 20, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Utah as 2 point favorites.
UCLA comes into this game with an overall record of 15-11. They currently have a point differential of 1.9 as they are averaging 69.9 points per game while giving up 68.0 per contest. Utah has an overall record of 14-11. They are averaging 71.1 points per game and surrendering 69.9, good for a point differential of 1.2.
Valuable UCLA Bruins Betting Trends
The UCLA Bruins are 13-13-0 against the spread
The UCLA Bruins are 12-12-2 against the over/under
Important Utah Utes Betting Trends
The Utah Utes are 13-12-0 against the spread
The Utah Utes are 11-14-0 against the over/under
Key UCLA Bruins Injuries
11/22/19 F Kenneth Nwuba Redshirt is out for season
02/19/20 G Prince Ali Back is questionable Thursday vs Utah U
01/22/20 F Shareef O'Neal Left Team is out for season
Key Utah Utes Injuries
No key injuries to report
Chris Smith comes into this contest averaging 13.3 points per game while playing 27.4 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 86%. Jalen Hill averages 9.5 points per game in 24.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 7.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 53% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Timmy Allen averages 17.6 points per game while playing 35.0 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 7.2 rebounds per game and has 3.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 74%. Rylan Jones averages 10.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.1 rebounds per contest and 4.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Useful Team Statistics
UCLA averages 69.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 216th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 1.9 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 182nd. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 276th in the nation. They average 37.1 rebounds per game and 13.3 assists per game, which ranks them 100th and 166th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 170th with 13.3 per game. The Bruins allow 68.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 140th in the country. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 174th and 340th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 31.0 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 11.0 assists per contest, which puts them in 60th place in Division 1. They force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 144th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 180th in the country with 71.1 points per game this year. They are 131st in Division 1 in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 1.2. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 212th in the nation. They are 124th in the NCAA in rebounding with 36.4 boards per game, and 99th in assists per contest with 14.1. The Utes are 160th in turnovers per game with 13.4. The Utes surrender 69.9 points per contest, which ranks them 191st in D-1. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 218th and 300th in those defensive statistics. They rank 248th with 13.6 assists allowed per contest and 96th with 33.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Utes are 88th in country in forcing turnovers with 12.2 per game.
The Bruins have an offensive rating of 103.6, which is ranked 130th. They are 299th in college basketball in pace with 66.8 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 235th. As a unit they are 203rd in the nation in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shot attempts, ranking 281st in D-1. UCLA is 163rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.7 times per 100 possessions.
Utah is 129th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.1 times per 100 possessions. The Utes have an offensive rating of 103.3, which is ranked 135th. They are 245th in D-1 in pace with 68.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 126th. As a unit they are 108th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 132nd in the country.
Who will win tonight's UCLA/Utah college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Utah -2
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