Pac-12 Conference Tournament Semifinals betting preview and odds

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The semifinals of the Pac-12 conference tournament in Las Vegas will feature the No. 1 Oregon Ducks taking on the No. 5 California Golden Bears and the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats battling the No. 3 UCLA Bruins.

Tournament to be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

California Golden Bears vs. Oregon Ducks (-9, 125)

After struggling in California’s final three regular-season games, Bears senior Jabari Bird has rediscovered his shot in the Pac-12 tournament. The 6-6 wing looks to continue his strong play in Friday’s semifinals as the fifth-seeded Bears take on No. 1 seed Oregon at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Cal closed the regular season by losing five of its final six games but opened with a 67-62 win over 12th-seed Oregon State before keeping its NCAA Tournament hopes alive by recording a 78-75 victory over No. 4 seed Utah on Thursday. Bird opened tournament play with 20 points in the win over Oregon State before making four 3-pointers and matching his career high with 26 points against Utah. The Bears’ postseason push has also received a spark from freshman Charlie Moore, who scored 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting against the Utes and passed Jason Kidd (378 points) for ninth on the school’s all-time freshman scoring list.

The Oregon Ducks are aiming for their second straight tournament championship and a shot at the No. 1 seed in the NCAA’s West region. Oregon will be the more rested team Friday after using 11 players in Thursday’s 80-57 quarterfinals win over eighth-seeded Arizona State. Pac-12 player of the year Dillon Brooks had a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks, who swept the regular season series against Cal with an 86-63 win on Jan. 19 in Eugene and a 68-65 victory in Berkeley on Feb. 22. Senior guard Dylan Ennis had a career-high 12 rebounds and five assists to lead the Ducks past Arizona State, which tired in the second half of Thursday’s quarterfinals after needing overtime to get past Stanford on Wednesday.




* Golden Bears are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.
* Ducks are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up win.
* Under is 4-1 in Golden Bears last 5 games following a ATS win.
* Under is 4-0 in Ducks last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
* Golden Bears are 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings.

UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats (+3, 159)

UCLA received 22 points from Isaac Hamilton and never trailed in Thursday’s 76-74 victory over sixth-seeded USC as the Bruins extended their winning streak to 10 games. Star freshman guard Lonzo Ball had 12 points and seven assists for UCLA, which lost 96-85 at home to Arizona on Jan. 21 before snapping the Wildcats’ 21-game home winning streak with a 77-72 victory on Feb. 25. Five players scored in double figures in the win, and the Bruins will need another balanced attack Friday against an Arizona team that has played stellar defense in back-to-back wins over Arizona State and Colorado. Ball averaged 17.5 points in the two previous meetings against Arizona and received All-Pac-12 first team honors after averaging 14.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists during the regular season.

Arizona center Lauri Markkanen has rediscovered his 3-point shot just in time for the Wildcats, who face No. 2 seed UCLA on Friday in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. After going 0-for-11 from long range over his previous four games, the 7-foot center made four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead the third-seeded Wildcats past Colorado on Thursday. Markkanen’s outside game opened up the offense against Colorado as the Wildcats saw five players score in double figures, including guard Allonzo Trier (19), center Dusan Ristic (15) and guards Rawle Alkins (15) and Kadeem Allen (13).




* Bruins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
* Wildcats are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
* Under is 5-0 in Bruins last 5 vs. Pacific-12.
* Under is 5-1-1 in Wildcats last 7 neutral site games.
* Underdog is 12-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings.


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