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How the public is betting No. 24 UCLA vs. Cal

It’s not Pac-12 After Dark, more like Pac-12 After Sunset, and the Bruins look to stay flawless in the league.

UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Clark and guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. celebrate at the end of the game against the Washington Huskies at Pauley Pavilion. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The UCLA Bruins are 7-0 in the Pac-12, and the Cal Golden Bears... aren’t. They’ve actually improved in the win column a bit without their best player Ryan Betley, but Mick Cronin’s bunch is better than Washington and Utah.

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

Right now UCLA is a 9-point favorite, with 77% of the cash and 75% of the bets on the Bruins.

Is the public right? How much do you think the chemistry of Cal has improved without Betley? Their numbers are better, but the Penn transfer would still seem to be a loss. KenPom has this as a 72-64 for Cal, and they might be better than their season-long stats would indicate. We’ll fade the public here.


The total is set at 133.5, with 48% of the handle and 93% of the bets on the over.

Is the public right? Nope! When 52% of the cash but only 7% of the tickets are on a side, that’s generally the sharper one. UCLA is 723,835th in pace in Division I (all numbers approximate), so let’s ride the under train and hope for beautiful weather and bricks in Berkeley tonight.


UCLA is a -455 favorite, with 89% of the handle and 94% of the tickets on a straight-up win. That makes Cal a +360 underdog.

Is the public right? If you’re going to play a side here, the hot home team is likely the one to take. We’ll avoid this action, but if we must play that free dollar someone gives us, we’ll go with the Bears.

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