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

San Jose State Spartans (3-6) at Stanford Cardinal (5-4)
Date & Time Tuesday December 18, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -18.5 -- Over/Under: 141
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The San Jose State Spartans and the Stanford Cardinal meet in college basketball action from the Maples Pavilion on Tuesday night.

The San Jose State Spartans will be looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 79-74 win over Northern Arizona in their last outing. Noah Baumann led the Spartans with 23 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 5 threes while Oumar Barry added 17 points with 13 rebounds for the double-double and Brae Ivey added 16 points on 13 of 15 shooting with a team-high 7 assists in the win. Michael Steadman added 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 8 rebounds to finish off the double-digit scoring for SJSU in the victory. Steadman leads the Spartans with an average of 13.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while Ivey leads San Jose State with an average of 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, San Jose State is averaging 70.8 points per game on 41% shooting from the field, 32.1% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

The Stanford Cardinal will look to find some consistency after splitting their last 8 games including a 78-62 win over Eastern Washington in their last outing. Daejon Davis led the Cardinal with 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting with a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals. Oscar Da Silva added 13 points while Cormac Ryan chipped in 12 points on 4 of 6 from behind the arc with a team-high 7 rebounds as well in the win. KZ Okpala added 10 points on 4 of 4 shooting with 4 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Stanford in the winning effort. Okpala leads Stanford with an average of 16.2 points and 6 rebounds per game while Davis leads the Cardinal with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Stanford is averaging 71.4 points on 44.1% shooting from the field, 31.2% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

San Jose State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Pac-12. Stanford is 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the Mountain West.

This is a lot of points to lay with Stanford given their boatload of inconsistencies this season. However, the good news for Stanford is that the Cardinal have been beating teams handily at home that they should beat and San Jose State is no different. All three of San Jose State’s wins over come at home, and while 5 of the Spartans’ 6 losses have come by single digits, the only comparable opponent (Indiana State) saw the Spartans lose by 29 points, and I have no reason to think that would be any different here, so I’ll lay the points with Stanford in this spot.

Stanford -18.5

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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