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Stanford vs. California - 2/17/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

California Golden Bears (18-7) at Stanford Cardinal (12-13)

College Basketball: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal +2 -- Over/Under: 125.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Over at Maples Pavilion on Friday, the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal will be meeting up in college basketball activity. 

California enters this game with a 18-7 record on the season. The Golden Bears had a five-game win streak going against Oregon State, Stanford, Utah, Colorado and Arizona State but lost their last outing versus Arizona. 

Stanford vs. California - 2/17/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the way in scoring for California this season are Ivan Rabb (14.7 PPG; 10.6 RPG) and Jabari Bird (14.5 PPG; 4.9 RPG). Also in the double-digit club for the Golden Bears are Charlie Moore (13.5 PPG) and Grant Mullins (10.0 PPG; 3.5 RPG). 

Over on the Stanford side, they’re entering play here with a 12-13 record so far. The Cardinal have lost five of their last six games, falling to Oregon, California, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State in that time. 

Stanford’s top scorer this year is Reid Travis, with 17.2 PPG and 8.6 RPG. Also in double-digits is Dorian Pickens, with 12.0 PPG and 3.7 RPG, while Michael Humphrey is close on 9.5 PPG and 6.5 RPG. 

California is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Pacific-12. California is also 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games following an ATS win, and 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games. 

Meanwhile, Stanford is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight-up loss, and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. Stanford is also 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss, and the over is 5-2 in the Cardinal’s last seven home games. 

Stanford is struggling right now, and it’s not too hard to understand why. The team really has just two good rebounders, and the remainder of the lineup doesn’t contribute much on the boards. California, on the other hand, has a quartet of strong scorers and some decent secondary rebounding—although the points production drops off after the top tier of guys. In any case, I like California to cover in this one.

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