UCLA (16-2) sits atop the Pac-12 with a perfect 7-0 conference record, but they have two huge tests this week. The first comes Thursday night on the road at second place Arizona State (15-3, 8-1) and the Bruins also need to avoid looking ahead to their visit to #11 Arizona on Saturday. UCLA is just a -5 point favorite at the offshore sportsbooks, not as high a number as you’d think for the #5 team in the country.
Before Betting on UCLA vs Arizona State
There’s really not a bad play on this game no matter which way you lean. Arizona State has won four in a row and their only home loss (8-1) this season came 69-60 against Arizona on New Year’s Eve. On the other hand UCLA has rattled off 13 straight victories since losing to both Illinois (79-70) and Baylor (80-75) at the Continental Tire Main Event in mid-November.
UCLA comes into Thursday’s game with a top five unit in adjusted defensive efficiency, and they are allowing the 12th fewest points in the country at 12.8 ppg. ASU found their offense a bit a week ago in a 90-73 win at Oregon last Thursday led by 21 points from Desmond Cambridge, Jr. – who also had 21 two nights later at Oregon State.
The reason the Bruins have climbed to #5 in the country is because aside from a hounding defense, their offense is incredibly efficient as well ranking 17th in the country. UCLA shoots the ball very well from inside the arc (47.5%) and Jaime Jaquez, Jr. and Jaylen Clark combine to score just under 30 ppg.
Bruins vs Sun Devils NCAAB Offshore Betting Odds
|BetOnline||UCLA (1.48) | ASU (2.75)||135||UCLA -5 (1.91) | ASU +5 (1.91)|
|Bovada||UCLA (1.48) | ASU (2.75)||135.5||UCLA -5 (1.91) | ASU +5 (1.91)|
|BetUS||UCLA (1.48) | ASU (2.75)||135||UCLA -5 (1.91) | ASU +5 (1.91)|
|SportsBetting.ag||UCLA (1.48) | ASU (2.75)||135||UCLA -5 (1.91) | ASU +5 (1.91)|
|Pinnacle||UCLA (1.49) | ASU (2.69)||135||UCLA -5 (1.93) | ASU +5 (1.93)|
|MyBookie||UCLA (OFF) | ASU (OFF)||OFF||UCLA (OFF) | ASU (OFF)|
UCLA vs Arizona State Prediction & Pick
Arizona State can hold their own defensively in this game, as they hold opponents to 37.7% shooting which is 8th best in the country. Cambridge is hot for the Sun Devils, UCLA is looking ahead to Arizona, and the home team usually fares well in this matchup going 17-6-2 ATS in the last 25 meetings.