The UCLA Bruins (7-1) look to continue a six-game home winning streak when they square off with the Montana Grizzlies (5-3) at Pauley Pavilion. The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 153.5 points with UCLA opening as a 14-point favorite. Action begins at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
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The Grizzlies dismantled the CSUN Matadors in their last outing, 86-68. With 20 points and 12 rebounds, Montana’s Sayeed Pridgett played well. Montana played a perfect game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 40.6 (above their season average of 32.6) and a turnover percentage of 14.5 (better than their season average of 16.1). For those same stats, CSUN recorded marks of 25.8 and 20.5, respectively.
In the Bruins last matchup, they blew out the Detroit Titans, 106-73. With 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting, Jaylen Hands was the top scorer from either team. UCLA played a perfect game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 36.1 (above their season average of 30.5) and a free throw rate of 0.264 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Detroit had marks of 15.0 and 0.123, respectively.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, UCLA should have a significant edge. Since last season, the Bruins offense ranks third in that metric at 0.587, while the Montana defense ranks 270th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.522). Furthermore, the Grizzlies rank 33rd in turnover percentage (16.4 percent), while the Bruins rank 330th in opponents turnover percentage (16.0 percent).
Of Montana’s 6 games with betting action, three have finished over the projected point total, while 4 of UCLA’s 7 games have finished over the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Bruins have a significant advantage. They are 7-1 SU and 3-5 ATS, while the Grizzlies are 5-3 SU and 2-4 ATS.
Montana Grizzlies vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – UCLA, ATS Winner – UCLA, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bruins rank first in assists per game (20.4) while the Grizzlies rank 204th (12.9).
- Montana ranks 32nd in steals allowed per game (5.0) while UCLA ranks 144th (6.2).
- Montana ranks 18th in three pointers allowed per game (17.2) while UCLA ranks 279th (24.0).
- The Bruins rank third in blocks allowed per game (1.8) while the Grizzlies rank 232nd (4.2).
- UCLA ranks 30th in rebounds per game (39.2) while Montana ranks 246th (34.0).