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Stanford vs California Pick & Preview: Friday, January 6th Betting Odds

Cardinal vs Golden Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Stanford Cardinal at California Golden Bears
  • Where: Berkeley at Haas Pavilion
  • Date: Friday, January 6th
  • Betting Odds: Stanford -7.5, STAN -357 | CAH +274 O/U 125.0

Cardinal Preview:

Stanford will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs California in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far, the Cardinal have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 0-4. This season, Stanford has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2. For today’s contest, Stanford have a betting line set -7.5 points in their favor.

Stanford will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Spencer Jones who is averaging 12.31 points per game for the Cardinal. Jones 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 Cardinal’s offensive gameplan is the play of Mike Jones who has hit 39.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.79 points per game.

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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.

Golden Bears Preview:

California heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 2-13. Currently, the Golden Bears have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 2-9. So far, the Golden Bears have been the underdog 9 times, going 1-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.

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 12 games, he is averaging 16.08 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 12.0 points per contest to go along with 6.27 rebounds and 0.73 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: California Golden Bears +7.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Stanford as the favorites with a line coming in at -7.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the California Golden Bears to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Stanford at 7.28 made 3’s per game compared to California at 5.47. Look for California to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Cardinal.

 


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