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Washington State at UCLA odds, picks and prediction

The Washington State Cougars (14-10, 7-6 Pac-12) and No. 14 UCLA Bruins (17-5, 9-4) clash in a Thursday night tussle in Los Angeles. Tip time in the Pac-12 affair at Pauley Pavilion is slated for 11 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Washington State vs. UCLA odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Washington State has lost back-to-back games by three points and three games in a row overall. The top defensive team in the Pac-12 (62.5 points allowed per game) had won five in a row before falling to Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon in succession. A below-average shooting team to begin with, the Cougars have struggled mightily in shooting the basketball of late. Wazzou owns a 31.7% mark from the floor over its last three games.

UCLA is coming off a loss to USC in which it experienced its own shooting woes. The Bruins shot 30.2% from the floor in falling to the Trojans, 67-64,  Saturday. A UCLA squad that went 10-1 across 11 games in December-January has already lost three games in February.

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Washington State at UCLA odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Washington State +380 (bet $100 to win $380) | UCLA -540 (bet $540 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Washington State +9.5 (-110) | UCLA -9.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 131.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)

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Washington State at UCLA odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

UCLA 72, Washington State 63

Money line

There’s little upside in risking more than five times your wager on UCLA (-540). PASS.

Against the spread

The underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 WSU-UCLA series meetings.

UCLA is the better team, but Washington State is a bit of a late-season dark horse with the skill set it brings to the table. Wazzou’s ability to create turnovers and pull down offensive rebounds, when added to excellent shot defense, makes for a dangerous mix.

Give a slight nod to the COUGARS +9.5 (-110), but consider holding off on pulling the trigger. Early money has moved the line toward the Bruins; it’s worth waiting out a possible 10.5-point line.

Over/Under

Both teams play at a moderate-to-slow pace, and when they’ve faced like squads in the league, the Under has been prevailing at a solid clip. But that appears to have driven this figure too low.

UCLA is a much better distance-shooting squad in its home barn.

TAKE THE OVER 131.5 (-107).

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