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UCLA vs Arizona State Odds, Picks: Why to Back Sun Devils

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Photo by Bruce Yeung/Getty Images. Pictured: Devan Cambridge (Arizona State)

UCLA vs. Arizona State Odds

Thursday, Jan. 19
10:30 p.m. ET
-110o / -110u
Arizona State Odds
-110o / -110u
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The Pac-12 takes center stage tonight as two of its hottest teams are set to square off.

The No. 5 ranked UCLA Bruins come into this matchup on a roll. They have won each of their last 13 games and are favored to keep the streak alive tonight.

However, standing in their way will be the Arizona State Sun Devils. Bobby Hurley's squad has built up a winning streak of their own, as they have racked up four straight victories prior to this one.

This matchup has all the makings of a great one, so let's dive into our guide and find the best bet to make.

What sets UCLA apart from many of the elite teams in the country is not just its talent, but the combination of each player's skill sets and experience.

It starts at the top with the seniors Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell.

Jaquez has become the man of the offense since Johnny Juzang departed, and his production has propelled this team. He's averaging 16.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Then you look at Campbell. He's the maestro of the offense, but is also very involved with it, as well. He's averaging a career-high 13.3 points per game — with his excellent outside shooting — but is also dishing out nearly five assists per game, too.

Rounding out the trio is Jaylen Clark. Clark is known as one of the best on-ball defenders in the nation, but this year, he's also proven to be dangerous from beyond the arc.

Add in the contributions of top freshman Amari Bailey and Adem Bona, and you can see why this team is so dangerous.

However, the Sun Devils are a team up for the task.

Arizona State comes in ranked 31st in defensive efficiency and 11th in effective field goal percentage allowed. Much of that rating comes from how tough the Sun Devils have been inside the arc, as they are fourth in the nation in two-point percentage allowed.

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Arizona State Sun Devils

The Sun Devils have a much different roster construction than the Bruins, as they are built through their very talented backcourt. They are also deep, as nine guys have appeared in at least 17 of their 18 games.

If Arizona State wants to pull off the upset, it's going to need to create space off the high pick-and-roll with its guards. While that's much easier said than done, the numbers show that's where you can attack this Bruins team.

UCLA has excellent perimeter defenders, but it's proven to be much softer inside. The Bruins rank just 129th in 2-point percentage allowed, and over 53% of the points they've surrendered have been inside the arc.

This is a game for Devan Cambridge to thrive. He has been excellent from inside the arc, making over 60% of his 2s.

Also, the Bruins have been burned from the mid-range, allowing the opposition to make 42.6% of their farther 2s.

UCLA vs. Arizona State Betting Pick

This should be a highly-competitive matchup, as the Sun Devils are poised to give the Bruins a run for their money.

Arizona State defends the paint and will contain the majority of the Bruins' offense, and it also possesses the personnel to exploit UCLA on the other end of the court.

While there may be stretches where the Bruins' talent and experience outclass the Sun Devils, we should expect them to fight back in front of a rowdy home crowd.

Back Arizona State to keep this one tight.

Pick: Arizona State +5 (Play to +4)

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