Washington State vs. California - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Washington State vs. California - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

California Golden Bears at Washington State Cougars

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Friel Court)

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The Cal Golden Bears and the Washington State Cougars meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from Friel Court on Wednesday night.

The Cal Golden Bears will try to climb some ranks in the Pac-12 standings, sitting at 4-8 in conference play after a 4th straight loss, coming in the form of an 80-75 defeat against Arizona State. Matt Bradley leads the Golden Bears in scoring with 17.8 PPG while Grant Anticevich leads the Golden Bears in rebounding with 5.6 RPG and Paris Austin leads Cal in assists with 2.4 APG this season. As a team, Cal is averaging 62.7 points on 42.7% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the 3-point line and 71.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.4 points on 42.7% shooting from the field and 35.6% from 3-point range this season. Cal is 0-7 straight up and 1-6 against the spread on the road this season.

The Washington State Cougars will try to make a couple of jumps in the Pac-12 standings after a 70-61 loss to USC last time out. CJ Elleby leads Washington State in scoring and rebounding with 18.7 PPG and 7.5 RPG while Isaac Bonton is the only other double-digit scorer for Washington State with 14.8 PPG and a team-high 4 APG this season. As a team, Washington State is averaging 70.2 points on 40.2% shooting from the field, 31.5% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.5 points on 45.1% shooting from the field and 31.3% from 3-point range this season. Washington State is 11-3 straight up and 8-6 against the spread at home this season.

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Head-to-head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I haven’t been a fan of either one of these teams lately, but the fact is that Washington State plays a lot better at home compared to their play on the road while Cal is just a near auto-fade every time they take the court away from home, as the Golden Bears are scoring just 53.4 points per game on the road and are being outscored by 15.7 points in those games. I just think this is another game that Cal struggles on the road, so I’ll lay the points with Washington State here.

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Chris’s Pick Washington State -5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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