UCLA vs Kentucky Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, December 17, 2022

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The UCLA Bruins (9-2) carry a six-game winning streak into a road contest against the Kentucky Wildcats (7-2), who have won four straight. It starts at 5:30 PM ET on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

UCLA is a tight 2-point favorite against Kentucky when the Bruins take on the Wildcats on Saturday. The point total for the matchup is 142.5.

UCLA vs. Kentucky Odds

Point Spread for UCLA vs. Kentucky

The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with bookmakers listing UCLA as the favorite.

UCLA vs. Kentucky Moneyline

As for the moneyline, UCLA has -134 odds to pick up the win, while Kentucky is listed at +113 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 142.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 5:30 PM ET
  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Arena: Madison Square Garden

UCLA vs. Kentucky Betting Trends

In the UCLA’s 11 games this season, it has six wins against the spread. The Bruins have been victorious in eight of the nine contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. UCLA’s games this year have hit the over on eight of nine set point totals.

Against the spread, Kentucky is 4-5-0 this season. The Wildcats have been the moneyline underdog just one other time so far this season, a game they lost. Kentucky’s games this season have gone over the total in four of nine opportunities (44.4%).

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UCLA vs. Kentucky Key Players to Watch

UCLA

Jaime Jaquez Jr. paces the Bruins at 17.1 points per contest, while also posting 2.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds. Jaylen Clark is tops on his squad in rebounds per game (6.1), and also averages 15.5 points and 1.9 assists. At the other end, he averages 2.5 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Tyger Campbell puts up a team-best 4.5 assists per contest. He is also averaging 12.8 points and 2.3 rebounds, shooting 39.1% from the floor and 33.3% from beyond the arc with 1.5 made 3-pointers per game. Amari Bailey puts up 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. At the other end, he posts 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.

Kentucky

Oscar Tshiebwe is the Wildcats’ top scorer (16.1 points per game) and rebounder (13.3, third in college basketball), and delivers 1.7 assists. Cason Wallace is posting 10.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, making 52.9% of his shots from the field and 51.6% from beyond the arc, with 1.8 triples per game. Jacob Toppin is averaging 11.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, making 42.0% of his shots from the floor. Sahvir Wheeler is posting a team-best 6.5 assists per game. And he is producing 9.0 points and 2.8 rebounds, making 38.8% of his shots from the field.

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What you need to know about the UCLA Bruins

The Bruins are 30th in college basketball with 81.8 points per game this year. At the other end, they rank 52nd with 63.0 points allowed per game. This year, UCLA is grabbing 31.0 boards per game (266th-ranked in college basketball) and ceding 28.0 rebounds per contest (46th-ranked).

With 6.6 threes per game, UCLA is 262nd in college basketball. It owns a 36.9% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 76th in college basketball. The Bruins are allowing 7.1 treys per game (182nd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 31.0% (99th-ranked) from beyond the arc.

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What you need to know about the Kentucky Wildcats

On offense the Wildcats are the 44th-ranked squad in college basketball (80.6 points per game). On defense they are 76th (64.1 points conceded per game). In 2022-23, Kentucky is eighth-best in college basketball in rebounds (39.2 per game) and 95th in rebounds allowed (29.4).

Kentucky is 125th in the nation in 3-pointers made (8.2 per game) and 31st in 3-point percentage (39.2%). The Wildcats give up 6.9 3-pointers per game and concede 31.6% from beyond the arc, ranking 156th and 123rd, respectively, in the country.

UCLA vs. Kentucky Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is UCLA, and we predict that UCLA will cover the spread (UCLA -2). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 142.5 points.

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How to bet UCLA vs. Kentucky

You can bet on UCLA vs. Kentucky at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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