UCLA vs Maryland Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 14 (Bruins Emerge Victorious at XFINITY Center)

Larry Rupp
UCLA vs Maryland prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
UCLA vs Maryland prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/John McCoy
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UCLA vs Maryland Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 16 UCLA Bruins (8-1, 1-0 Away) vs. No. 20 Maryland Terrapins (8-2, 5-0 Home)
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: XFINITY Center — College Park, MD
Coverage: FS1

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Wednesday with a thrilling matchup between the No. 16 UCLA Bruins and No. 20 Maryland Terrapins. UCLA enters on a five-game winning streak that includes a 87-64 win over Denver on Saturday. Jaylen Clark tallied 24 points (10-of-13 shooting).

Meanwhile, Maryland has dropped back-to-back games following its 8-0 start to the season. The Terrapins fell short in a 56-53 loss to Tennessee on Sunday. Jahmir Young was the only one to score in double-digits (18 points) as Maryland shot just 32.7% from the floor and 8.3% from beyond the arc.

UCLA vs Maryland Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: UCLA: (-104) | MARY: (-115)
Spread: UCLA: +1.5 (-115) | MARY: -1.5 (-105)
Total: 141.5 —Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)

Maryland enters this contest as slight home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 141.5 points, which is about average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

UCLA vs Maryland Prediction & Pick

The Bruins have been quietly building momentum since their last loss on Nov. 20. Each of UCLA's last five wins have come by at least 9 points and it now ranks 18th in the country in scoring (81.3 points per game). Four different Bruins players are averaging at least 10.0 points per game this season.

That kind of depth could give Maryland some trouble on Wednesday night. After all, the Bruins only tun the ball over 10.2 times per game (No. 10 in NCAA). The Terrapins have allowed at least 66 points in two of their last three home games and average 16.4 personal fouls per game (No. 128 in NCAA).

Look for the Bruins to take advantage of Maryland's aggressiveness and seal this game with late free throws.

Final Score Prediction: UCLA: 75 | Maryland: 71

UCLA vs Maryland Betting Trends

- UCLA is 2-6 straight up in its last eight games against a Big Ten opponent.
- The total has hit the over in six of UCLA's last seven games.
- Maryland is 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 games.
- The total has hit the under in four of Maryland's last five games.

UCLA vs Maryland Best Bet

This game is a true toss up, so focusing on the point total is the best way to go. It's already been mentioned how great UCLA's offense has been this season. Keep in mind Maryland's has been stellar as well, logging 76.8 points per home game and shooting 56.9% from two-point range (No. 21 in NCAA).

The total has hit the over in six of the Bruins' last six games overall as well as in five of their last seven games away from home. The over has cashed in four of the Terrapins' last five games against a Pac-12 opponent, too. In a matchup filled with efficient scorers, trust offense to reign supreme in this one.

Bet: Over 141.5 Points (-110)

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