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California vs. San Jose State - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose State Spartans (3-7) at California Golden Bears (4-6)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: California Golden Bears -12 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
PAC12
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NCAA BB | San Jose State Spartans (3-7) at California Golden Bears (4-6)
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The San Jose State Spartans and California Golden Bears meet Friday in college basketball action at the Haas Pavilion.

The San Jose State Spartans could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The San Jose State Spartans are averaging 69 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Michael Steadman is averaging 13.5 points and 9.4 rebounds while Brae Ivey is averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 assists. Craig LeCesne is the third double-digit scorer and Noah Baumann is grabbing two rebounds. The San Jose State Spartans are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The San Jose State Spartans are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The San Jose State Spartans have lost 10 straight road games.

The California Golden Bears look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The California Golden Bears are averaging 71.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 77.3 points on 48.6 percent shooting. Paris Austin is averaging 14.1 points and 4.8 assists while Justice Sueing is averaging 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds. Darius McNeill is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Bradley is grabbing three rebounds. The California Golden Bears are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The California Golden Bears are allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 25.4 rebounds per game. The California Golden Bears have won four of their last five home games.

The Spartans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 Friday games. The Golden Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Spartans last 8 overall. The under is 18-8 in Golden Bears last 26 overall. 

The California Golden Bears are one of the worst defensive teams in the country, a team you shouldn't be looking to lay big chalk with at the moment. The San Jose State Spartans have had issues winning on the road dating back to last season, but they have covered four of their last five road games and have hung around a little bit against decent teams this season. There's better options on Friday's card, but I'll take a shot with the points here if forced to pick.

Pick:
San Jose State Spartans +12

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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