Nov 27, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; UCLA Bruins forward Adem Bona (3) hangs from the rim after a dunk during the second half against the Bellarmine Knights at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
- The UCLA Bruins visit the Stanford Cardinal in a PAC-12 battle on Thursday, December 1st
- It will be the first conference matchup of the season for both teams
- Check out the UCLA vs Stanford odds below, plus our best bet and prediction
It’s the first Pac-12 matchup of the year for both teams when the UCLA Bruins (5-2, 4-3 ATS) head north to take on the Stanford Cardinal (3-4, 2-5 ATS). This west coast game will tip off at 10:30 pm ET on Thursday, December 1st, from the Maples Pavilion.
UCLA head coach Mick Cronin has his team’s offense running at a high level this season. They’ve scored 181 points combined in the last two games and, as such, the UCLA vs Stanford over/under is set at 136.5 points.
Read on for more of the UCLA vs Stanford odds, plus our pick and prediction for this contest.
UCLA vs Stanford Odds
|UCLA Bruins||-5.5 (-120)||-250||O 136.5 (-110)|
|Stanford Cardinal||+5.5 (-102)||+202||U 136.5 (-110)|
Odds as of November 30th at FanDuel Sportsbook. Claim the FanDuel Sportsbook promo code.
Only two teams in the Pac-12 conference are currently ranked, #4 Arizona and the #21 UCLA, so this will be a test at home for Stanford.
Stiff competition has been the norm for the Cardinal so far this year having already played against Wisconsin, San Diego State, Ole Miss, Florida State, and Memphis. They will not be intimidated or shy away from this conference battle.
UCLA Bruins Hitting the Over in Betting Odds
Run and gun and score the ball. That seems to be the early season mantra for UCLA and it’s fun to watch. Yes, we’re not even through the first month of the season, but the Bruins are averaging 83 points per game and clicking in all facets on offense.
According to the KenPom ratings, they are 8th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency at 115.0, 25th with a 56.3 effective field goal percentage and even hitting the triple at a high rate of 39.1% which is 24th among Division I schools.
They’ve got five players averaging double digits in scoring which is very impressive for a college team. Led by 6’7, 225 pound guard, Jamie Jaquez Jr. who scored a season-high 27 points on 13 of 17 shooting, the Bruins are coming off an 81-60 win over Bellarmine where they shot a very efficient 60.8% from the field.
— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) November 28, 2022
One worrisome stat to watch out for is the Bruins record away from home. They haven’t played any official road games this season, but UCLA lost both of their neutral site games to Illinois and Baylor back-to-back a couple weeks ago.
Still, the offense has been able to keep them competitive in every game and makes them an outside threat in the odds to win the national championship. They scored 70 or more in both of those losses and kept the scoreline within single digits.
Stanford Cardinal Betting Outlook
It’s been a tough start to the season for Stanford with a record under .500 but that’s because they’ve played a tough non-conference slate up to this point. It won’t get any easier when they’re underdogs against UCLA on Thursday in the college basketball odds. Stanford dropped both meetings to UCLA last year.
UCLA vs Stanford Recent Results
|02/08/2022||STAN 70 – UCLA 79||UCLA||Over|
|01/29/2022||UCLA 66 – STAN 43||UCLA||Under|
|01/23/2021||STAN 73 – UCLA 72 (OT)||STAN||Over|
|01/15/2020||UCLA 59 – STAN 74||STAN||Push|
|03/13/2019||UCLA 79 – STAN 72||UCLA||Under|
The series between these two has been pretty evenly matched lately with each side winning three out of the last six games and each team covering the spread in three of the last six meetings.
While UCLA is firing on all cylinders on offense, you might say the opposite is true for Stanford. Although their adjusted offensive efficiency is not bad with a KenPom rating of 104.9 which ranks 107th, it’s the three-ball that’s let them down big time. At 28.3% from beyond the arc, the Cardinal rank 320th in the nation.
In their last two games, a win against Florida State and more recently a loss to Memphis, Stanford shot a combined 13-for-59 from long distance, for a porous 22%. It’s a minor miracle they escaped with a 70-60 win over the Seminoles where they were just 3-for-26 on three-point attempts.
UCLA vs Stanford Prediction
While UCLA is the more exciting team with higher expectations, the one area where Stanford can hang their hat is on the defensive side of the ball. They rank 41st in the nation with an adjusted defensive efficiency of 93.4 according to KenPom.
— Stanford Men’s Basketball (@StanfordMBB) November 27, 2022
They have given up 60 or less points in three of their last four games and can choke the offense out of the opposition. You can bet that strategy will be put through a thorough assessment in the college basketball odds against UCLA.
Deservedly so, UCLA get the edge in the college basketball betting line from the oddsmakers in this one, but with the home crowd behind them, we like Stanford to keep this conference matchup close. Our prediction is that the Cards keep this game within five points and maybe, just maybe, get the outright upset.
Pick: Stanford Cardinal + 5.5 (-102)
George has had a lifelong love affair with sports and studying sports statistics since he was a kid. He graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and has worked in the sports & media industry ever since in various roles from writer to producer.