Arizona State Sun Devils vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 12/3/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona State Sun Devils vs California Golden Bears
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona State (-7.5)
The California Golden Bears (2-1) host the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-1) at Haas Pavilion on Thursday. Arizona State opens this matchup as 7.5-point favorites. The total opens at 147.5.
Arizona State comes into this contest with a mark of 2-1 this season. They currently have an average of 89.3 points per outing (31st in college hoops) while connecting on 47.6% from the floor. The Sun Devils are hitting 37.3% on shots from downtown (28 of 75) and 68.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Arizona State is pulling in 33.7 rebounds per contest and has racked up 38 assists this season, which has them ranked 89th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 10.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 22.3 fouls every game. Defensively, the Sun Devils are able to force 17.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 23.3 personal fouls. The Sun Devils defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.3% (81 of 175) and they surrender 39.0 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 221st in D-1 in giving up assists with 41 surrendered on the season. They give up 40.8% from 3-point land and they are ranked 239th in the nation in opponents points per game (82.7).
The Arizona State Sun Devils played the Houston Baptist Huskies and went home with a win by a final score of 100-77 in their last game. Arizona State ended the game with a 54.5% field goal percentage (36 of 66) and made 12 out of their 27 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Sun Devils made 16 of their 24 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they collected 29 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 21 dimes for the game while getting 9 steals and 4 rejections. Regarding the defense, Arizona State allowed 54.5% from the floor on 36 of 66. Houston Baptist dished out 17 assists and 6 steals for this game. Moreover, the Huskies grabbed 35 rebounds (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Houston Baptist shot 81.0% at the charity stripe by making 17 of their 21 shots. They converted 12 of their 29 tries from distance.
Josh Christopher is a player who saw a lot of action for the contest. He notched 17 points on 8 out of 11 shooting. He played 22 minutes played and also pulled down 6 rebounds. Christopher finished 72.7% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. Another guy that saw a lot of court time in this game for the Sun Devils was Marcus Bagley. He snagged 5 rebounds and had 3 dimes. He finished shooting 66.7% from the field for this game by going 6-of-9 (21 points). When this game wrapped up, Bagley was on the court for 21 min.
California has a win-loss mark of 2-1 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Golden Bears are hitting on 43.8% from the floor, which ranks them 221st in the nation. California has earned 209 points on the year (69.7 per game) and they collect 41.3 boards per game. They are getting an assist 13.3 times per game (146th in the nation) and they are turning it over 15.7 times per game. The Golden Bears commit 16.7 personal fouls per game and they hit 65.0% from the charity stripe. The Golden Bears on defense are ranked 52nd in college basketball in PPG given up with 60.3. They have forced 14.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.6% from the field (72nd in college hoops). The California defense surrenders 32.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (18 of 55) and opponents are converting on 50.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 12.3 dimes and 37.7 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 141st and 174th in those categories.
The last time they took the hardwood, the California Golden Bears walked away with a victory by a final of 60-49 when they faced the Nicholls State Colonels. The Golden Bears recorded 25 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in the game. They also stuffed 3 attempts while recording 7 steals in the game. The Colonels had 20 personal fouls for this contest which got the Golden Bears to the free throw line for 15 shots. They were able to make 10 of the free throw tries for a rate of 66.7%. When talking about shooting from 3-point land, California made 10 of 26 tries (38.5%). Overall, the Golden Bears finished the game shooting 20 out of 50 from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.0%. The Golden Bears allowed the Colonels to knock down 20 of their 60 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 33.3% for the contest. They finished 31.6% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 6 of 19 and ended up shooting 3 out of 6 from the free throw line (50.0%). When talking about rebounding, California allowed Nicholls State to collect 34 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Matt Bradley played big minutes for the Golden Bears in the game. He made 8 out of 13 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, which had him finishing with 26 points. Bradley grabbed 6 boards in his 35 minutes and had 2 assists in the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for California was Makale Foreman. He totaled 6 points in his 35 minutes played by going 2 of 10 shooting in the game. Foreman finished going 20.0% from the floor as well as collecting 5 assists and 6 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take California (+7.5) and over 147.5 points
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