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Stanford vs. California - 3/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
California at Stanford
Date & Time Thursday March 7, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
Maples Pavilion
Stanford, CA
The Line
Stanford Cardinal -11.5 -- O/U: 143.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Cal Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal meet in Pac-12 college basketball action from the Maples Pavilion on Thursday night.

The Cal Golden Bears will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 76-69 win over Washington State last time out. Darius McNeill led the Golden Bears with 17 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 3 steals while Paris Austin added 12 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Justice Sueing and Connor Vanover each had 10 points and 6 rebounds to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Cal in the win, while Matt Bradley added 9 points with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals. Sueing leads Cal with an average of 14.7 points and 6 rebounds per game while Paris Austin leads the Golden Bears in assists with 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Cal is averaging 69.2 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the 3-point line and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

The Stanford Cardinal will look to rebound after losing 3 of their last 4 games following a 62-61 loss to Washington in their last outing. Josh Sharma led the Cardinal with 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 14 rebounds, a pair of steals and 4 blocks while Oscar Da Silva came right behind with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Cormac Ryan added 13 points on 4 of 6 shooting with 3 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Stanford in the losing effort. KZ Okpala was held to 6 points but still leads Stanford in scoring on the year with an average of 17.1 points per game while Sharma leads the Cardinal in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game and Daejon Davis leads Stanford in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Stanford is averaging 73.2 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 67.7% from the foul line this season.

Cal is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Stanford is 22-7 ATS in their last 29 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

This feels like a lot of points to lay considering that Stanford isn’t that much higher up in the standings than Cal and the Golden Bears have rattled off back-to-back wins. However, Stanford has performed well at home lately, going 5-0 ATS and 4-1 SU with their only loss coming last time out to top-ranked Washington as well as huge wins over Washington State and UCLA. I just feel more confident that Stanford can keep their roll going more than Cal can, so I’ll lay the points with Stanford in this one.

Pick:
Stanford -11.5

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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