Check out our free Butler vs California pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Berkeley. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Butler vs California Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 10th Betting Odds
Bulldogs vs Golden Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Butler Bulldogs at California Golden Bears
- Where: Berkeley at Haas Pavilion
- Date: Saturday, December 10th
- Betting Odds: Butler -8.5, BUTL -427 | CAH +323 O/U 123.5
Through 10 games, the Butler Bulldogs have an overall record of 7-3. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 1-2. This season, Butler has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 7-0. For today’s contest, Butler have a betting line set -8.5 points in their favor.
Butler’s leading scorer this season is Jayden Taylor who is averaging 14.8 points per contest. So far, Taylor has accounted for 19.92% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists. Chuck Harris is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 14.5 points per game. Between him and Harris, they are accounting for 39.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Butler this season, as they are currently ranked 411st in college basketball at 63.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bulldogs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.5%, placing them 445th in the NCAA.
Golden Bears Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Butler, the California Golden Bears will be taking the floor for the 11th time this season and have an overall record of 0-10. So far this season, California has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 0-7. For the season, California has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 0-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Golden Bears being +8.5 point underdogs.
Before getting a wager down on this game, keep a close eye on the injury report before tip-off, as the Golden Bears’ top scorer Devin Askew is listed as questionable. In his 9 games, he is averaging 18.33 points per game while providing the team with an outside shooting threat. If he is unable to play, the team will be losing their top outside shooter. Without Devin Askew out of the lineup, Lars Thiemann is going to need to take on a bigger role. Currently, he is 2nd on the team at 13.2 points per contest to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for California this season, as they are currently ranked 418th in college basketball at 63.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 424th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Butler Bulldogs -8.5
When it comes to getting a bet down for this game, our model points to Butler coming away with both a straight up and ATS win over California as -8.5 point favorites. Butler should feel comfortable with the pace of this game, as California also prefers to slow the game down. In addition, we like how the Bulldogs’ have been peforming well when favored to win, as they have made bettors money of late. In Butler’s previous 5 games as the favorite, they are 4-1 vs the spread. We will be riding that trend and cashing in on the Butler Bulldogs to win and cover vs California.