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Colorado vs Stanford Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 29th Betting Odds

Buffaloes vs Cardinal Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Colorado Buffaloes at Stanford Cardinal
  • Where: Stanford at Maples Pavilion
  • Date: Thursday, December 29th
  • Betting Odds: Colorado +2.5, COL +118 | STAN -147 O/U 140.0

Buffaloes Preview:

Colorado will take the floor against the Cardinal with an overall record of 8-5. On the road, the Buffaloes will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 2-4. So far, the Buffaloes have been the underdog 2 times, going 2-0 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

Colorado will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer KJ Simpson who is averaging 17.23 points per game for the Buffaloes. Simpson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buffaloes’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tristan Da Silva who has hit 53.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.92 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, Colorado will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Buffaloes are ranked 193rd at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 393rd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Colorado is close to the NCAA average at 36.8%.

Cardinal Preview:

Stanford heads into this matchup having played 12 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-7. Currently, the Cardinal have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 5-3. The Cardinal’s are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Stanford has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 5-0.

Stanford’s leading scorer this season is Mike Jones who is averaging 10.5 points per contest. So far, Jones has accounted for 15.4% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.92 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists. Spencer Jones is the second leading scorer for the Cardinal, averaging 10.82 points per game. Between him and Jones, they are accounting for 30.0% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Stanford this season, as they are currently ranked 348th in college basketball at 66.4 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 Cardinal’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 262nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Colorado Buffaloes +2.5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Stanford Cardinal are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2.5. However, we anticipate Colorado putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Cardinal as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Buffaloes to cover.