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Maryland Terrapins vs. UCLA Bruins Prediction 12/22/2023

The Maryland Terrapins (7-4) travel to face off against the UCLA Bruins (5-5) on Friday, December 22nd. This game will be played at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles and televised on ESPN2. Both Maryland and UCLA will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 ET.

Maryland Terrapins vs UCLA Bruins

The Maryland Terrapins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Maryland enters today’s game with a 7-4 record, coming off a loss to Indiana (65-53). They have gone 0-3 on the road and 4-1 at home. As we assess Maryland’s performance vs. the spread, they come into today’s game with a 2-6 ATS record. Taking into account this season’s overall ATS mark, they are 0-3 vs. the spread on the road and 2-3 at home.

Looking at their over/under performance through 11 games, Maryland has an over/under record of 2-6-0, with their games averaging 131.5 points per game on average. Over the course of the last five games, the Terrapins’ games have averaged 152 points per game, along with an over/under record of 3-2.

The UCLA Bruins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Heading into their 11th game of the season, UCLA has a 5-5 overall record. In away games, the Bruins have gone 1-2, while on their home court they have a 4-1 record. UCLA’s ATS performance shows a 3-4-1 record heading into today’s game. At home this season, UCLA is 2-3 ATS, and in their last ten home games, they hold a 3-7 ATS record.

So far, UCLA’s games have averaged 127.9 points per game with the average over/under line being 134.5 points. The Bruins have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 131 points per game.

Maryland Offense Breakdown

In their recent matchup, the Maryland offense ended with 53 points against Indiana. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 35.7% and made 2 threes. The Maryland offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 23.5 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 26% of their looks from outside this season.

Jahmir Young (G) 17.7 4.0 4.2
Julian Reese (F) 15.2 10.2 0.9
Donta Scott (F) 9.1 5.0 0.6

UCLA Offense Breakdown

Most recently, the UCLA offense finished with just 56 points vs. Villanova. For the game, they hit 7/19 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 36.7%. Sebastian Mack is leading the team in scoring at 15 points per contest. Adem Bona has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.5 going into the game.

Sebastian Mack (G) 15.0 4.6 1.8
Adem Bona (F) 12.5 6.7 0.9
Lazar Stefanovic (G) 10.9 6.0 1.5

Maryland Team Defense

At present, the Terrapins’ defense is nationally ranked 51st, allowing 64.6 points per game. The Maryland defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 65 points and allowed Indiana to connect on 3 threes.

UCLA Team Defense

UCLA’s defense has been playing well, ranking 15th nationally, with 60.9 points allowed per game. In their most recent game, the UCLA defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Villanova knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 65 points.

Terrapins vs Bruins Trends

  • Across the Terrapins last five road games, the team averaged 53 points per game while allowing 66. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 0-5, while going 0-5 straight-up.
  • In their last three games at home, the Bruins have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-1-1 vs. the spread. The team averaged 67 points per game in this stretch.
  • In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Terrapins have a straight up record of 1-4 and an ATS mark of 1-4.
  • Against the spread, the Bruins have put together of 0-4-1 in their last five games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 4-1 straight up.

Terrapins vs Bruins Prediction

For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Bruins to secure the win, with an expected final score of 74-70. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -3.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 128.5, and our model predicts the Terrapins and Bruins to score a combined 144 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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