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Cal vs. San Diego State - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego State Aztecs (5-3) at California Golden Bears (2-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Cal Golden Bears +5 -- Over/Under: 142
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NCAA BB | San Diego State Aztecs (5-3) at California Golden Bears (2-5)
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The San Diego State Aztecs and the Cal Golden Bears meet in college basketball action from Haas Pavilion on Saturday night.

The San Diego State Aztecs will be looking to bounce back after being upset by the San Diego Toreros in their last outing by a final score of 73-61 in their last outing. Devin Watson led the Aztecs with 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting with 3 threes while Matt Mitchell added 13 points and a team-high 3 assists. Jalen McDaniels added 12 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for SDSU in the losing effort. Watson leads the Aztecs in scoring with 16.6 points and 4.5 assists per game while McDaniels leads San Diego State in rebounding with 8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, San Diego State is averaging 75.2 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 72.9% from the foul line this season.

The Cal Golden Bears will be looking to rebound after losses in 4 of their last 5 games following a 79-60 loss to San Francisco in their last outing. Andre Kelly led the Bears with 17 points along with 9 rebounds while Darius McNeill added 16 points with 4 threes. Jacobi Gordon added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Cal in the losing effort. Paris Austin added 6 points with a team-high 8 assists and a pair of steals, but still leads Cal with an average of 13.7 points and 4.6 assists per game this season while Andre Kelly leads the Golden Bears in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds this season. As a team, Cal is averaging 69.4 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 40.2% from behind the 3-point line and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

San Diego State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall while the under is 11-1 in their last 12 non-conference games. Cal is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Mountain West while the under is 17-6 in their last 23 games overall. San Diego State is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Backing a road favorite can be a tricky proposition as the home team has had the bulk of the success between these two sides, covering in 6 of the last 8 meetings. However, San Diego State is still one of the better defensive units in the country, and should definitely be able to stifle a Cal team that has issues scoring the basketball from time to time, so I’ll lay the points with the Aztecs as I see San Diego winning and covering this one down the stretch at the foul line.

Pick:
San Diego State -5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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