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The Illinois Fighting Illini vs. the UCLA Bruins will duel things out from Las Vegas for a much anticipated top twenty-five affair. Read on to find out what Matt McCuen has his eye on for the game.

UCLA vs. Illinois Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds

The Illinois Fighting Illini vs. the UCLA Bruins will duel things out from Las Vegas for a much anticipated top twenty-five affair. The Bruins come into play as one of the favorites to come out of the PAC 12 led by one of the best head coaches in the game, Mick Cronin.

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UCLA vs. Illinois Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Friday, November 18
  • Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPNU

UCLA vs. Illinois Odds

Spread: UCLA -3.5 (-103), Illinois +3.5 (-105)

Total: O/U 144.5 (-110)

Moneyline: UCLA (-165), Illinois (+150)

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UCLA vs. Illinois Prediction

Cronin has done an outstanding job since taking over at UCLA, and he has them back to being one of the best teams in the nation. UCLA made headlines two seasons ago when they sent from a play-in team to a final-four team. They were one of the best teams in the nation once again last year, and they enter tonight ranked number eight in the nation. Illinois has enjoyed a lot of success in its last three years.

The Illini have put together really good regular seasons in their last few seasons but they have struggled to win the big games. They are hopeful that they can get over some of their woes this season. Illinois was very active in the transfer portal, landing Terrence Shannon Jr and Baylor standout Matthew Mayer. Illinois has looked very good in both of their games this season, and they will look to pull off the upset tonight. UCLA enters play as a four-point favorite. 

I will be backing the Bruins on the first-half spread tonight. I really like UCLA to come out strong in this game and jump out to an early lead. UCLA brings a very experienced roster into play, and I think that they are being very undervalued in this spot tonight. I like this Illinois team as the year goes on, but I think it may take them some time to develop good chemistry as a unit. Give me the Bruins to come out and get a first-half cover tonight. 

UCLA vs. Illinois Pick

Pick: UCLA 1H -1.5 -115. Bet $100 to collect $93

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Article Author


Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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