Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Golden Bears and Cougars. The game is starting at 10:00 ET on PACN, and it’s hosted by the Cougars at Friel Court in Pullman, WA. Get ready to place your bets! This Pac-12 conference matchup has an over/under of 140 points, and Washington State is favored to win by -9.5 at home vs. California.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS VS WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: California Golden Bears +9.5

This game will be played at Friel Court at 10:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

WHY BET THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Cougars.
  • Even though we have Washington State winning straight-up, we like California at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Golden Bears Grab a Win in Pullman?

Cal is coming off a 61-60 loss to UCLA and now has a 10-14 overall record. The Golden Bears have gone 2-7 on the road this season, and they are 2-3 in their last five games away from home.

For the year, Cal has been outscored by an average of 5.1 points per game on the road. As the underdog, the Golden Bears have gone 5-10 this season, and they are 5-4 when favored.

California’s ATS record this season is 12-10-2, and they are 6-3 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Golden Bears have gone 10-4-1 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, California is 5-4-1 vs. the spread.

California’s over/under record for the season is 14-10 and today’s line of 140 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (146.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points and their over/under record during their last 10 games is 4-6.

Most recently, the California offense finished with just 60 points vs. UCLA. For the game, they hit 8/26 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 39.6%. Leading the team in scoring was Jaylon Tyson with 16 points. Jalen Celestine also added 13 points for the Golden Bears.

Facing Washington State, California aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 75.9 points allowed per game (253rd). Against UCLA, the Golden Bears’ defense gave up 61 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, UCLA only made 10 free-throws.

Will the Cougars Defense Show Up at Home?

Washington State has been dominant at home this season, going 13-3 with an average scoring margin of +12.5. They are also 13-3 when favored, and they are favored by 9.5 points in this game.

Over their last ten games at home, the Cougars have gone 8-2, and they are currently riding a three-game win streak. Overall, they have won five straight games, and they are 18-6 on the season.

As the favorite, Washington State has gone just 7-9 vs. the spread this season and is only 4-6 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite. However, they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last 3 home games and 5-5 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games.

Washington State’s over/under record for the season sits at 11-13 and the average point total in their games is 142.2. Today’s over/under line of 140 is lower than the average OU line in their games this season (141.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-5.

The Washington State offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 62 points versus Oregon. During the game, they attempted 12 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 42.9%. The team’s top scorer is Isaac Jones, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15.6, while Myles Rice also maintains a PPG average of 15.6 leading up to the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Washington State defense is giving up an average of 66.9 points per contest. Against Oregon, the Cougars’ defense gave up 56 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Oregon only made 8 free-throws.