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Cal State Northridge vs. LBSU - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LBSU at Cal State Northridge
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Matadome
Northridge, California
The Line
Cal State Northridge Matadors -1 O/U: 162
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Long Beach State 49ers and the Cal State Northridge Matadors will meet up on the college basketball court Wednesday.

Long Beach State enters this one at 8-11 on the year. The Niners had a three-game win streak going versus Bethesda, UC Davis and UC Irvine, but dropped a close one Saturday versus CSUF.

In the OT loss to the Titans, LBSU’s Deishuan Booker had a big game with 33 points, five assists and three rebounds. Bryan Alberts added 13 points for the 49ers and KJ Byers doubled up on 12 points and 11 boards.

Over on the Cal State Northridge side, they’re 8-12 this year. The Matadors are 2-2 in the last four games, with wins over UC Riverside and Cal Poly preceding losses to Hawaii and UC Irvine.

In the loss to the Anteaters, CSUN’s lead scorers were Lamine Diane and Terrell Gomez, each with 21 points and a combined five assists with 10 rebounds. Rodney Henderson chipped in 18 points for the Matadors, and Darius Brown corralled 10 rebounds with six assists.

The 49ers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven following a straight-up loss. LBSU is 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Wednesday games.

Meanwhile, the Matadors are 7-2 ATS in their last nine overall and 16-36-1 ATS in the last 51 Wednesday games. CSUN is 16-36-1 ATS in their last 53 home games and the over is 7-1 in their last eight versus the Big West.

LBSU can look at their schedule and immediately see a few games they probably should have gotten, and the loss to CSUF is one of those. That said, the 49ers seem to be in a good scoring groove and may be able to shake that one off quickly.

CSUN can pour in the points just as well as the Niners can however, and this one is expected to be a high-scoring shootout matchup. I’m probably staying away from this game in reality, but the Matadors haven’t been stellar at home lately so I’m going with the 49ers to cover/win here. Another fun play would be to take the over and hang on for the ride as the teams fly toward that huge number.

Pick:
Long Beach State 49ers +1

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