California at Stanford 2/17/17 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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California Golden Bears vs. Stanford Cardinals
NCAAB: 10:00 PM EST
Feb. 17, 2017
Latest Odds : CAL -3.5 Total 126
The Stanford Cardinal (12 - 13, 4 - 9 CONF) are heading home this week to host the incoming California golden Bears (18 -7, 9 - 4 CONF). California will be looking to bounce back from a close loss to Arizona. Stanford has dropped two straight games though they've been in it until the end in both games. California will be favored despite being in the hostile Maples Pavilion in Stanford, CA.
Stanford is looking to snap off a two game losing streak before it becomes something much worse. Stanford has been struggling big time lately with pulling in wins, despite a talented roster. Stanford is scoring 69 PPG on offense while shooting 43% from the floor as a team. Reid Travis (17 PPG, 9 RPG, 57% shooting) is having a great year and he'll need to have a huge game in order for Stanford to beat California in this one.
California rolls into this game with one of the better defenses in the Pac 12. California is only giving up 62 PPG to opposing teams this season while out-battling just about everyone on the boards. California plays physical and they can keep up with anyone on the road. California is only scoring 70 PPG on offense this year while shooting 44% from the floor as a team. California won't need to score a ton in order to win this game.
Recent Betting Trends:
Golden Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Cardinal are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss.
Over is 8-3 in Golden Bears last 11 Friday games.
Under is 4-1 in Cardinal last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Betting Pick: California Golden Bears -3.5
We like California to come into this game and beat Stanford on the road as the Bear's great defense continues to carry them. Stanford has been terrible this PAC 12 season going 4-6 in last 10 games, Final Score Prediction, California Golden Bears win and cover ATS 71-63.