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UCLA vs UNC Asheville Predictions | Odds & Best Bets

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
@FAmmiranteTFJ
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2023

UCLA (29-5) comes into the tournament with national title aspirations, looking to get to the Final Four for the second time in the last three years.

The Bruins are the No. 2 seed in the West Region, ready to take on No. 15 UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs are a terrific three-point shooting team, which is what they’ll need if they’re to pull off the upset.

UCLA is a heavy favorite in this matchup, but you never know what can happen in this wild tournament that we call March Madness.

Read on for my UCLA vs UNC Asheville prediction and best bets.

UCLA vs UNC Asheville Odds

Note: CBB odds mentioned in this article for Team vs Team were used from DraftKings Sportsbook, unless otherwise noted, and are current as of Monday, March 13, at 4 p.m. EST.

  • Moneyline: UCLA (-2800) | UNC Asheville (+1300)
  • Point Spread: UCLA -17.5 (-110) | UNC Asheville +17.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 134.5 Points (-115) | Under 134.5 Points (-105)

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UCLA vs UNC Asheville Prediction

UCLA 81, UNC Asheville 60

UCLA is the second-ranked team in the tournament, per Pomeroy’s rankings. The Bruins come in first in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency, which will make it tough on the Bulldogs because they’re ranked 195th in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency.

In short, it’s hard to see them scoring enough points to hang around in this matchup.

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UCLA vs UNC Asheville Best Bets

UCLA -17.5 (-110) | DraftKings Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Bruins have 14 wins by 18 or more points. They’re coming into the tournament in top form, having won nine of their last 10 games.

While you always run the risk of a backdoor cover when laying so many points, it’s hard to see that happening here. UNC Asheville simply does not have enough firepower on offense, and they will need to catch fire from beyond the arc for them to keep this game close.

Bet on the experienced Bruins to take care of business with a convincing win in the first round.

UCLA: Over 76.5 Total Points (-120) | DraftKings Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Over on the team total has a strong correlation with choosing the favorite on the point spread, especially when it’s a larger number.

If UCLA can cover the 17.5 points, they’ll also likely eclipse their team total.

Wagering on this market also can cover my point spread bet in the event that UNC Asheville gets a backdoor cover. The Bruins averaged 73.9 points per game, which is still pretty close to this number.

UCLA vs UNC Asheville Same Game Parlay

UCLA vs UNC Asheville SGP (-140) | DraftKings Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

  • UCLA -11.5 (-230)
  • UCLA: Over 71.5 Total Points (-260)

UCLA vs UNC Asheville SGP

We’ll use our Same Game Parlay like a teaser, targeting a more favorable number on both point spread and team total wagers.

Author

Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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