California Golden Bears at San Francisco Dons Betting Pick 12/04/19


The San Francisco Dons (7-2) will be at home in War Memorial Gymnasium when they square off with the California Golden Bears (5-2). Tip-off is set for 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.

California Golden Bears at San Francisco Dons Betting Preview

The Golden Bears were victorious over the UC Davis Aggies in their last matchup, 72-66, but failed to cover as 12-point favorites. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Grant Anticevich had a good outing for California. The Golden Bears had a better free throw rate (0.217 vs. 0.148) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.674 (above their season average of 0.524). The two teams combined to put up 138 points, which came in over the projected point total of 125.

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The last time the Dons took the court, they were defeated by the Arizona State Sun Devils, 71-67. Jamaree Bouyea was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Arizona State did a great job of converting from the free throw line (14-19; 73.7 percent). San Francisco, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (24.4 vs. 21.1). The two teams collectively scored 138 points, which came in under the O/U total of 151.5.

The high-powered offense of San Francisco will battle against the bottom-tier defense of California. Since last season, the Dons rank 17th in offensive efficiency, while the Golden Bears are 338th in defensive efficiency. The Dons should have the advantage on that side of the ball. Additionally, the Golden Bears, who rank 325th in offensive rebounding percentage (23.5 percent), will battle against the Dons, who rank 22nd in defensive rebounding percentage (76.2 percent).

Both of these teams have a tendency to go over the O/U total. California games have gone over 57.1 percent of the time, while games featuring San Francisco have gone over 100.0 percent of the time. Both teams have very similar records straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS). The Golden Bears are 5-2 SU and 3-4 ATS, while the Dons are 7-2 SU and 4-3 ATS.

The Dons won the sole game against the Golden Bears last season, 79-60. The Dons played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 and a great effective field goal percentage of 0.576. The Golden Bears put up marks of 21.2 and 0.459, respectively, for those same stats.

California Golden Bears vs. San Francisco Dons ATS Prediction

Pick: SU Winner – San Francisco, ATS Winner – California, O/U – Under


Betting Notes (2018-Present):

San Francisco ranks 66th in three pointers attempted per game (24.9) while California ranks 298th (18.2).

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