UCLA vs USC Betting Odds and Pick – January 25, 2017


Two potent offenses meet as UCLA and USC’s heated crosstown rivalry takes center stage Wednesday. Bettors should expect plenty of points and history tends to confirm this, as the OVER has hit in seven of the past eight between UCLA and USC.

– Shark Bites
  • UCLA is 0-3 ATS in its last 3 games against USC.
  • USC is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games as home underdogs.
  • UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games as a favorite of 6.0 or more.

UCLA has the most exciting offense in the country, but the Bruins’ last outing proved they are not national championship contenders until they fix their defense. In the Bruins’ two losses this season, they have allowed an average of 92.5 points with opponents shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. On a positive note, Lonzo Ball is coming off the best offensive performance of his collegiate career with the freshman recording 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists while shooting 10 of 15 from the field.

USC has been struggling recently, as the Trojans have gone just 4-4 in Pac-12 play, including just two wins in the past five games. However, guard Elijah Stewart has been shooting the lights out with the junior tallying 49 points while going 13-for-22 from deep the past two games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the UCLA Bruins before tip-off in this one found them as -6-point favorites over at Bovada earlier.

UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

USC Trojans battles the UCLA Bruins, currently sitting with a 19-2 mark (12-9 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 9-11 for the USC Trojans and 13-5-3 for the UCLA Bruins.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the USC Trojans rated this week at No. 171 and the UCLA Bruins sitting at No. 27.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up USC’s No. 67 nationally ranked offense (78.14 points per game) against a UCLA Bruins defense that sits as the No. 217 at 76.52 PPG. The USC Trojans have been averaging 44.63% from the field, less than the Bruins have managed so far this season (53.12% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bruins endured a 96-85 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Saturday, despite a 24-point effort from Lonzo Ball at Pauley Pavilion.

The Trojans got 29 points from Elijah Stewart as USC ran past Arizona State 82-79 on Sunday at Galen Center.

Betting Trends
  • UCLA is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
  • UCLA is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of UCLA’s last 5 games
  • UCLA is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • USC is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games
  • USC is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of USC’s last 8 games
  • USC is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

UCLA at Washington State, Wednesday, February 1st
USC at Washington, Wednesday, February 1st


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