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Santa Clara Bobcats vs. California Golden Bears - 12/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
California Golden Bears at Santa Clara Bobcats
Date & Time Saturday December 7, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Leavey Center
Santa Clara, CA
The Line
SCU -5 O/U 138
TV Channel
NA
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Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The California Golden Bears (5-3) will visit the Santa Clara Bobcats (6-3) at the Leavey Center. California is coming off a tough loss against San Francisco on the road. They’ve been tested early with bad losses against Duke and Texas. However, to finish November, they were able to win a six point game against UC Davis.

Against San Francisco, Kareem South scored 20 points on 7 of 16 from the field. Paris Austin led the team with just six rebounds while Joel Brown led the team with three assists. On the season, it’s Matt Bradley leading the way with 17.4 points per game while Grant Anticevich leads the team in rebounding with seven per game.

California plays a little slower than most. They score just 66.9 points per game and allow 68.9 points per game. If they can limit possessions, California will definitely stay in this game. However, with Santa Clara being home, they can up the tempo and score at will. They average 79.2 points per game and defend well, allowing just 67 points per game.  

Santa Clara has a bunch of scoring options and no one that scores over 12 a night. Trey Wertz leads the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game. Don’t forget, they’re 8-2 on the year. They play egoless basketball that allows them to play well with each other. However, they’re coming off a devastating loss to Nevada, 98-67. Their two losses are to Stanford and Nevada, two quality teams. California is another quality team that can force Santa Clara to play their way.

Golden Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.

Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.

Over is 13-4-2 in Golden Bears last 19 games as a favorite.

Under is 4-0 in Broncos last 4 games as a home underdog.

The Golden Bears will slow the game down and get the upset win on the road. They have so much more depth and can do some much more on the court.Cal has covered the spread in 5 of the last 7 away from home versus teams with winning % of .600 at home. Final Score Predictions: California wins and covers ATS, 65-55.

Pick:
California Golden Bears +5
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