UCLA vs Arizona State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 2 (Can Bruins Remain Perfect at Pauley Pavilion?)

Devon Platana
UCLA vs Arizona State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
UCLA vs Arizona State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/John McCoy

UCLA vs Arizona State Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 4 UCLA (25-4, 16-2 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State (20-9, 11-7 Pac-12)
  • Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Pauley Pavilion -- Los Angeles, California
  • Coverage: ESPN

Thursday, March 2's NCAA college basketball slate features the No. 4 UCLA Bruins colliding with the Arizona State Sun Devils in Pac-12 action at 9 p.m. ET.

UCLA is white-hot as it comes off a 60-56 win over Colorado — the Bruins' eighth consecutive win. Meanwhile, Arizona State has a pep in its step after shocking the world with an 89-88 upset win over then-No. 7 Arizona on Saturday.

Can UCLA continue its winning ways at Pauley Pavilion? Or does Arizona State have another upset performance on the way?

UCLA vs Arizona State Odds & Spread

UCLA enters this contest as the heavy home favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 133.5 points with both sides sitting at -110 odds.

UCLA vs Arizona State Betting Trends

  • UCLA's record against the spread is 16-13-0.
  • The Bruins' ATS record as 13.5-point favorites or more is 7-4.
  • UCLA has played 29 games this season, and 13 of them have hit the over.
  • Arizona State's record against the spread is 13-16-0.
  • Arizona State has seen 15 of its 29 games go over the point total.
UCLA Rank UCLA AVG Arizona State AVG Arizona State Rank
131st 73.7 Points Scored 71.2 189th
6th 59.7 Points Allowed 67.2 93rd
151st 32.2 Rebounds 33.5 83rd
43rd 10.2 Off. Rebounds 9 133rd
300th 6.2 3pt Made 7.5 176th
82nd 14.5 Assists 14.5 82nd
14th 9.6 Turnovers 11.5 137th

UCLA vs Arizona State Prediction & Pick

Arizona State has been solid lately, winning four of its last five games. Having said that, a road game against UCLA could spell disaster. After all, the Sun Devils have lost nine of their last 10 trips to Pauley Pavilion, being outscored by the Bruins by an average of 7.6 points. On top of that, ASU only scored 52 points on its last trip to Los Angeles.

There's little reason to believe Arizona State's luck will be any different. UCLA is a perfect 15-0 at Pauley Pavilion this season and has won 20 straight home games dating back to last year. The Bruins also allow the fourth-fewest points at home (56.2 PPG) in the country while only allowing opponents to shoot 39.5% from the floor and 27.9% from three-point range.

While Arizona State has won three straight road outings, that streak ends tonight. UCLA is the clear-cut better team and its defense should bring the Sun Devils back down to earth.

Final Score Prediction: UCLA: 75 | Arizona State: 64

UCLA vs Arizona State Best Bet

A hot start should help UCLA get the job done tonight. Fortunately, that's an area where it excels. The Bruins allow the eighth-fewest first-half points in the nation (27.8) and find themselves leading by an average margin of 8.6 points after the first frame (No. 6).

Meanwhile, Arizona State only generates 32.9 points per first half (T-No. 182) while carrying an unimpressive minus-2.4 half-time scoring margin on the road. For reference, the Sun Devils were down by 13 points at halftime on their last trip to Pauley Pavilion.

Evidently, backing UCLA to cover the first-half spread is the way to go.

Bet: First-Half Spread — UCLA -6.5 (-110)

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