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San Francisco vs Santa Clara Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 29th Betting Odds

Dons vs Broncos Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: San Francisco Dons at Santa Clara Broncos
  • Where: Santa Clara at Leavey Center
  • Date: Thursday, December 29th
  • Betting Odds: San Francisco +1.5, SF +103 | SANCLR -127 O/U 148.5

Dons Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Santa Clara, the San Francisco Dons will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 11-4. On the road, the Dons will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 3-1. So far, the Dons have been the underdog 7 times, going 4-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

San Francisco’s leading scorer this season is Khalil Shabazz who is averaging 14.67 points per contest. So far, Shabazz has accounted for 19.4% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.93 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists. Tyrell Roberts is the second leading scorer for the Dons, averaging 14.53 points per game. Between him and Roberts, they are accounting for 38.6% of the team’s scoring.

San Francisco comes into today’s matchup vs Santa Clara, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.1 points per game. Through 15 games, they have hit 45.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Dons’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 339th in possessions per game.

Broncos Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs San Francisco, the Santa Clara Broncos will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 12-3. So far this season, Santa Clara has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 12-1. The Broncos’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Santa Clara has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 8-1.

Brandin Podziemski comes into today’s game as the Broncos’ leading scorer at 17.71 points per contest. Not only has Podziemski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Santa Clara’s top rebounder at 8.64 boards per contest. Behind Podziemski, the team has benefited from the strong play of Carlos Stewart who is second on the team in scoring at 15.29 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.8% of his shots and is adding 2.36 boards per game.

Through 15 games, Santa Clara has been playing well on offense, averaging 78.1 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Broncos’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.8% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 7.34 made 3’s per contest.

Free Spread Prediction: San Francisco Dons +1.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Santa Clara as the favorites with a line coming in at -1.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the San Francisco Dons to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Santa Clara at 7.34 made 3’s per game compared to San Francisco at 9.64. Look for San Francisco to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Broncos.