UCLA vs Baylor Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Nov. 20 (Offense Reigns Supreme in Top-10 Matchup)

Larry Rupp
UCLA vs Baylor prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
UCLA vs Baylor prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Ashley Landis

UCLA vs Baylor Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 8 UCLA Bruins (3-1) vs. No. 5 Baylor Bears (3-1)
 Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena — Las Vegas, NV
Coverage: ESPN

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with a thrilling matchup between the No. 8 UCLA Bruins and No. 5 Baylor Bears. UCLA fell apart in the second half against Illinois on Friday and lost by a score of 79-70. Seniors Tyger Campbell and Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a combined 42 points.

Meanwhile, Baylor couldn't hold on to a halftime lead of its own on Friday and fell to Virginia by a score or 86-79. Senior Adam Flagler logged 15 points and 7 assists, while freshman Keyonte George tallied a team-high 20 points. 24 personal fouls committed by the Bears came back to bite them in the end.

UCLA vs Baylor Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: UCLA: (+108) | BAY: (-130)
Spread: UCLA: +1.5 (-104) | BAY: -1.5 (-118)
Total: 151.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Baylor enters this contest as slight favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 151.5 points, which is above average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

UCLA vs Baylor Prediction & Pick

Seeing two top 10 teams in need of a bounce-back win meet head-to-head this early in the season isn't very typical in college basketball. Another loss will send either UCLA or Baylor tumbling in the rankings, though. I like the Bears to come out on top here due to their sheer strength and talent.

The Bears have the strength to command the paint as it has posted an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.3% (No. 15 in NCAA). They also have the talent to make the Bruins pay for leaving them open from deep. Three-pointers have accounted for 39.7% of Baylor's points this year (No. 34 in NCAA).

Final Score Prediction: UCLA: 78 | Baylor: 82

UCLA vs Baylor Betting Trends

- UCLA is 3-0 straight up in its last three games against Baylor.
- The total has hit the under in three of UCLA's last five games.
- Baylor is 2-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
- The total has hit the over in each of Baylor's last five games.

UCLA vs Baylor Best Bet

There's no underselling how well these two teams have shot the ball this season. Baylor has racked up at least 79 points in each of its first four contests, while UCLA has scored at least 76 points in each of its four games. Both teams also rank among the top-55 in three-point shooting percentage.

That's what makes backing a ton of points to be scored the best play here. The total has hit the over in each of Baylor's last five games as well as in five of UCLA's last seven games. The over has also cashed in six of the Bruins' last seven games following an against the spread loss. Trust the trends.

Bet: Over 151.5 Points (-110)

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