NCAA Basketball Picks: UCLA vs. Nevada

Jeff Grant

Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:43 PM GMT

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look for their first-ever win against the UCLA Bruins, as the two teams meet up in Sin City on Thanksgiving Day. Find out who we've decided to place our money on.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball betting lines for this matchup in the Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

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Splitsville 

Nevada has split its first six games of the 2013-14 campaign, as it looks to bounce back from a 63-58 setback to Morehead State as six-point home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 157.5.

The Wolf Pack committed a season-high 16 turnovers and shot a season-low 34 percent in that affair, with Deonte Burton’s 19 points being the only highlight, as he ranks in the nation’s top 10 in scoring.

Quite a start

UCLA is off to its best start since 2007-08 under first-year head coach Steve Alford, with the roster buying into his defensive system—holding all five of its opponents to under 39 percent shooting.

The Bruins are 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS, with sophomore guard Jordan Adams leading the way offensively, as he has scored in double figures in 30 of his 38 career games since arriving on campus.

Little success in this situation

College basketball handicappers will find that the Wolf Pack have dropped their last 12 games against ranked opponents—falling in those affairs by an average of 16.9 points.

Burton does make the squad dangerous as an underdog due to starting every game since stepping on campus, which is clearly demonstrated in the program’s 18-11 ATS mark as an underdog the last two-plus seasons.

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Laying the points

It’s important to point out that UCLA is 2-0 SU/ATS as a neutral site favorite of 12.5 or more points since the 2011-12 season, with both games going UNDER the betting total.

The Bruins suffered a 78-70 setback to the Georgetown Hoyas in their first game away from Pauley Pavilion a year ago

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wolf Pack for their college basketball picks, as they were competitive against the New Mexico Lobos a year ago—the program that Alford left to take the job in Westwood during the offseason.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Nevada Wolf Pack +13