The Pac-12 tournament for the 2022-23 season has begun and Thursday’s slate presents an intriguing matchup between the tourney’s fourth and fifth seeds. While Arizona vs UCLA is far from the only WBB game happening Thursday, it’s the only meeting between currently ranked opponents.
This battle for a spot in the tournament semifinals could be quite tight, perhaps needing extra time to decide. Legal online Canadian and US sportsbooks are on the action in this contest with lines befitting such an evenly matched affair.
Arizona vs UCLA details
Following are all the particulars for bettors and fans heading into a Pac-12 tournament game between No. 19 UCLA and No. 21 Arizona.
- Tip-off: 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 2
- Venue: Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Broadcast: Pac-12 Networks
- Previous matchup: Feb. 3, 2023 at UCLA, 71-66 Wildcats over Bruins in overtime
- Last games: Arizona 78-70 loss at Oregon State on Feb. 25. UCLA 81-70 OT win over Arizona State on Wednesday
The lines on Arizona vs UCLA
As of 1 p.m. ET, legal Canadian and US sportsbooks are offering action on this contest.
|Caesars Sportsbook||UCLA +1.5 -110|
Arizona -1.5 -110
|Over 133.5 -110|
Under 133.5 -110
|DraftKings Sportsbook||UCLA +1.5 -110|
Arizona -1.5 -110
|Over 136.5 -110|
Under 136.5 -110
|FanDuel Sportsbook||UCLA +1.5 -110|
Arizona -1.5 -120
|Over 132.5 -110|
Under 132.5 -110
Handicapping Arizona vs UCLA
On the moneyline for this game, the adage of rest vs. rust comes into play. While Arizona has had about a week to prepare and recharge, the Wildcats have also backed into the conference tournament. Arizona comes into the Pac-12 tourney having lost consecutive games to close out the regular season.
Counting Wednesday’s victory over Arizona State, UCLA has won back-to-back games. Thus, the Bruins come in with momentum at their backs. Additionally, UCLA had plenty of chances to defeat the Wildcats during their regular-season meeting and could easily execute better in Thursday’s neutral-court rematch.
The spread on this contest depicts accurately the small amount of space between these teams. For example, the gap between UCLA’s and Arizona’s net ratings amounts to just 0.02. The total might be the best opportunity on this contest, therefore.
While Caesars’ and FanDuel’s numbers for their markets on this game seem spot on, DraftKings’ total looks a tad high. However, these teams are both in the top 30 nationally in terms of scoring averages.