The UCLA Bruins go in search of their fifth successive victory when they take on the Washington State Cougars in a Pac-12 Conference matchup at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday.
Washington State (9-2, 2-2) vs. UCLA (9-2, 5-0) – Lines, Odds, Predictions
Game time at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Thursday is slated for 5:00 p.m. ET with Fox Sports 1 providing the live television coverage. FoxSportsGo will provide an online streaming option.
The betting tips from William Hill Sportsbook see UCLA starting as a -9.5 point favorite to cover the spread vs Washington State, with the money line listed for the Bruins at -475. The over/under here is 132 points.
When the two teams tip-off, UCLA will also be looking for its sixth straight conference win against Washington State. They split their two meetings last year, which both went to overtime. UCLA suffered an OT 79-71 loss at the Cougars before returning the favor to the Bruins in an 86-83 OT result.
Washington State came up short in a 75-60 game to Stanford in its last outing on Saturday night, while UCLA secured an 81-76 win over Arizona on the same day.
UCLA will also be hoping to extend its Pac-12 Conference fruit run in recent meetings with its last loss coming against the USC Trojans on March 7, 2020.
Washington State has been getting a fruitful season so far from its freshmen. Isaac Bonton, Efe Abogidi, Noah Williams, and Andrej Jakimovski have combined to score 67 percent of the team’s teams this year and 81 percent of all Cougars points over the team’s last five games.
UCLA has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 73.8 points while giving up 59.3.
In the meantime, Washington State comes into this contest averaging 69.4 points per game and is allowing 62.0 at the other end. The Cougars are shooting 40.3% from the field and averaging 42.5 rebounds per game.
For UCLA, it comes in scoring 76.4 points per game and allowing 68.6 points to its opponents. The Bruins are holding Pac-12 opponents to 67.8 points per game from their five league contests this season and scoring 75.0 on the offensive side.