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NCAAB Betting? Cardinal vs Bruins Predictions

Thursday night NCAA basketball action sees the Stanford Cardinal taking on the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles, California. Cappers Picks provides free NCAA basketball handicapping tips all season long.

Two teams going in opposite directions meet on Thursday night in Pac-12 action. The road team, Stanford, has won 4 game in a row including a win over #21 Washington last time out.

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Stanford Cardinal (10-3) vs. UCLA Bruins (8-7)
Thursday, Jan 8
9:00 PM ET
Pauley Pavilion (Los Angeles, California)
NCAA Basketball Odds: UCLA -1.5
NCAA Basketball O/U: OFF
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The home team, UCLA, has dropped 5 in a row and sits in the cellar of the Pac-12.


The Cardinal made an early statement in Pac-12 play with wins over both Washington State and #21 Washington. Now, they’ll be tested as they hit the road for a 3 game, California school road trip. First stop is against the reeling Bruins.

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Stanford comes in winners of 4 in a row. Two of them coming against the Washington schools, and another came against the then #9 Texas Longhorns. The Cardinal are winning games with big stops on the defensive end and forcing their opponents into turnovers. During their 4 game winning streak, the Cardinal are forcing the opposition to turn it over 16 times a game.

Leading the way for the surging Cardinal is Senior G Chasson Randle. Randle is scoring 18.8 points a game thus far. In the first two Pac-12 games, Randle scored 18 against Washington State and 24 against Washington. In the team’s 13 games, he has only scored single digits just one time.

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Helping Randle on the offensive end is Senior C Stefan Nastic. Nastic is scoring 14.2 points a contest and grabbing 6.8 rebounds. He recorded a double-double in the win over Washington going for 10 points and 11 rebounds.

In non neutral site games, Stanford is just 1-2 on the road this season.


Starting off the season 8-2, the Bruins looked poised to have another successful season with a chance at making a deep tournament run. However, tides have turned as they have dropped 5 straight and look to get back in the win column when they welcome in the Stanford Cardinal on Thursday night.

Last time UCLA was on the court they were embarrassed by the #10 Utah Utes 71-39. While things are certainly not right for UCLA, they haven’t been losing to weak teams by any means. During this current 5 game skid, the Bruins have fell to the #9, #1, and #10 ranked teams in the country.

The recent struggles for UCLA have been for multiple reasons. The main one being Sophomore G Bryce Alford’s struggles from the floor. Alford was held scoreless against Utah and is shooting just 13% in his last 3 games. On the season, Alford is averaging 15.7 points a game. Getting him going will be a giant key to putting an end to this 5 game losing streak for the Bruins.

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7 of UCLA’s 8 wins this season have come on their home floor. In those 8 games, the Bruins are 4-4 ATS.

NCAA Basketball Trends:

  • Cardinal are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 Thursday games.
  • Cardinal are 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Pacific-12.
  • Bruins are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points.
  • Bruins are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.

Free 4* NCAA Basketball Pick: UCLA -1.5

When bettors see this match up, they’ll simply look at records and current streaks. While UCLA is struggling, they’ve been losing to quality opponents. In desperate need of a win to get themselves going, expect the Bruins to come out ready to play Thursday.

UCLA 65, Stanford 55

Lay the points with the home team here.

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By Tony M

Tony is new to Cappers Picks and has been betting on sports since the first day he turned 18. He is a 22 year old Cleveland native who lives and breathes Indians baseball. His dream is to be part of a championship celebration at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.