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San Francisco vs. Stanford - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stanford Cardinal (6-4) at San Francisco Dons (11-1)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Francisco Dons -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
PAC-12 Networks
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The Stanford Cardinal will travel to War Memorial Gymnasium to take on the San Francisco Dons this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Stanford Cardinal won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-4 on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans, 78-73, this past Tuesday night.  Stanford was solid on the offensive end agianst the Spartans and was able to pull away after taking a 70-59 lead with 4:26 left in regulation. Stanford shot 46.6% from the field and 38.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cardinal was Oscar da Silva who had a double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

On the season, Stanford is averaging 72.1 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Cardinal are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stanford has been led by KZ Okpala (16.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Cormac Ryan (11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Daejon Davis (10.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and Oscar da Silva (9.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 apg).

Defensively, Stanford is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Cardinal have a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of -2.5.

The San Francisco Dons won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-1 on the season after defeating the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 76-60, this past Wednesday. San Francisco led by a 31-21 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking a 64-45 lead in the 2nd half. San Francisco shot 41.9% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-4 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Dons was Charles Minlend who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 3 steals.

On the season, San Francisco is averaging 79.3 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Dons are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Francisco has been led by Charles Minlend (14.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Frankie Ferrari (12.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.9 spg), Jordan Ratinho (11.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Matt McCarthy (10.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg).

Defensively, San Francisco is holding their opponents to an average of 58.3 ppg on 38.5% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of 10.3 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Dons are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing road record and 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Stanford had a near upset on the road at Kansas early in December, however, the overall body of work hasn’t been great for the Cardinal this season as they currently rank just 237th in scoring offense and suffered three blowout losses to UNC, Wisconsin, and Florida. San Francisco has been one of the more impressive teams this season as they are extremely efficient on the offense end and currently ranked 9th in scoring defense and 11th in rebound margin. San Francisco has been outstanding at home this season as I think their defense will give Stanford trouble in this one, I’m taking the Dons to cover this mid-range home spread.

San Francisco Dons -8.5

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