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UCLA at USC odds, picks and prediction

The No. 12 UCLA Bruins (17-9, 9-3 Pac-12) and No. 21 USC Trojans (20-4, 9-4) continue their rivalry Saturday night in Los Angeles. The contest at Galen Center will begin at 10 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the UCLA vs. USC odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

UCLA is on the road for a fourth straight game. The Bruins lost games at Arizona and Arizona State before bouncing back with a Tuesday victory at Stanford. A UCLA five, which has had recent shooting woes, shot 54.8% in the win over the Cardinal.

The Trojans are coming off a non-conference win over Pacific Tuesday. USC has size to burn, and it excels in rebounding and defending the area in and around the paint. Tuesday’s win over Pacific was on home hardwood; Southern Cal is 10-2 over a dozen contests at the Galen Center. Against UCLA, the Trojans have won three in a row at home.

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UCLA at USC odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: UCLA -135 (bet $135 to win $100) | USC +110 (bet $100 to win $110)
  • Against the spread (ATS): UCLA -1.5 (-115) | USC +1.5 (-107)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 136.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)

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UCLA at USC odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

USC 71, UCLA 70

Money line

USC has good size but can struggle against foes that work their way to a lot of foul shots. That’s not a major concern against this Bruin five.

The Trojans do a credible job in not getting beaten up in transition in defending the area around the paint.

SOUTHERN CAL (+110) is the value side in this match-up.

Against the spread

AVOID the ATS play, and concentrate in the outright underdog action.

Over/Under

There are all kinds of Under trends in this one, but peg both teams as having more offense in the tank than often shows. Look for turnover avoidance and second-chance points to tip Saturday’s contest into the 140s.

BACK THE OVER 136.5 (-112).

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