The UCLA Bruins (5-1) welcome the Bakersfield Roadrunners (4-3) in a matchup that pits outstanding offense against stifling defense. Action starts at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
Bakersfield Roadrunners at UCLA Bruins ATS Preview
The Roadrunners lost a tough one against the Central Michigan Chippewas in their last matchup, 75-72. Damiyne Durham put together a good performance for Bakersfield, leading both teams in scoring with 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Central Michigan had a free throw rate of 0.370 (above their season average of 0.248). Bakersfield, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (29.2 vs. 28.0).
In the Bruins last matchup, they thoroughly outplayed the UC Irvine Anteaters, 87-63. Thomas Welsh had a good game for UCLA, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds. UCLA played a flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.400 (above their season average of 0.245) and a turnover percentage of 7.8 (better than their season average of 15.5). UC Irvine recorded marks of 0.141 and 17.6, respectively, for those same stats.
The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the productive offense of UCLA takes on the top-notch defense of Bakersfield. Since the 2016-17 season, the Bruins rank first in offensive efficiency, while the Roadrunners are eighth in defensive efficiency.
Of Bakersfields 3 games that accepted bets, two have finished over the O/U total, while 3 of UCLAs 6 games have finished over the projected point total. The Bruins hold a significant advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 5-1 SU and 2-4 ATS, while the Roadrunners are 4-3 SU and 1-2 ATS.
Bakersfield Roadrunners vs. UCLA Bruins ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – UCLA, ATS Winner – UCLA, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Roadrunners rank 53rd in rebounds per game (38.2) while the Bruins rank 160th in rebounds allowed per game (35.0).
- Bakersfield ranks 49th in assists allowed per game (11.5) while UCLA ranks 142nd (13.1).
- UCLA ranks 73rd in three pointers attempted per game (23.6) while Bakersfield ranks 245th (18.9).
- The Roadrunners average 7.7 steals per game, which ranks 28th in the nation. The Bruins rank 157th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
- UCLA ranks second in blocks allowed per game (1.9) while Bakersfield ranks 110th (3.2).