Colorado Buffaloes vs California Golden Bears Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-24-2018




Colorado Buffaloes vs California Golden Bears Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-24-2018

Colorado Buffaloes (10-7) vs California Golden Bears (5-13)

Date : 01/24/2019
Time : 11:00 am EST
Location : Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Colorado Buffaloes vs California Golden Bears

The Colorado Buffaloes will visit Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California, in which to face the California Golden Bears on Thursday night at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in exciting Pac-12 action. Cal has had a disastrous patch of games as they are only winners of two of their last 10, overall, as they suffered yet another loss to the Washington Huskies on the road in their last time out as their offense posted just 52 points for the game. Nonetheless, Cal’s defense certainly stepped up early on versus Washington as the Golden Bears went in at the half down by just one point. Nonetheless, Washington was able to gain some type of consistency on the offensive end in the second half while heavily outscoring California during this time en route to the much-needed conference victory.

The Colorado Buffaloes have also been awful recently as they are losers of four the last 5 games, with their last being a nine-point loss to the Utah Utes as the Buffaloes could muster only 19 points in the first half while allowing 41 points to the Utes. And despite outscoring the home team 50 – 37 in the second half, Colorado simply could not recover from a disastrous first half en route to their 6th loss in eight games.

Colorado Buffaloes's Latest Performance :

The Buffaloes have been terrible on offense lately as they have failed to reach the 70-point mark in a contest in six of their last eight games. In their last outing versus the Utah Utes, the Buffaloes posted just 16 points in the first half alone while allowing 41 points for the home team during this time, as stated. And despite outscoring the home team by 13 points in the second half, the Colorado Buffaloes remained in the losing column after 40 minutes as their inconsistency on the offensive end essentially doomed them from getting the victory, yet again.

For the contest, the Buffaloes shot just 40% from the floor while connecting on six of 17 3-point attempts as Shane Gatling struggled from the floor in going 6-18 along with 3-10 from three-point range yet led the team with 21 points in defeat.  Lucas Siewart also chipped in 13 points while pulling down six rebounds in the contest as well while leading scorer on the season in McKinley Wright IV  is uncertain to play in this contest as he is dealing with a dislocated shoulder and is questionable.

Nonetheless, the Colorado Buffaloes must tread on in which to somehow pick up the victory versus a struggling California team in their upcoming matchup.  And while Colorado has lost their last four road games, they may indeed have success over the struggling Golden Bears, as they have dropped their last three home games, overall.

 

California Golden Bears's Latest Performance :

While the California Bears allowed their lowest scoring output for an opponent in its last nine games, overall, their offense could only post 51 points on the night as the Golden Bears lost, yet again, to the  Washington Huskies on the road in their last time out.  Washington destroyed California in the second half in outscoring them 42-24 during this time as they ended the games shooting 45% from the floor while converting on 10 3-point attempts as  Dominic Green led the way with 17 points for the Huskies as he went 4-10 from three-point range while David Crisp went 3-5 from long-range while ending with 12 points.  Noah Dickerson also recorded a triple-double for the Huskies as he put in 12 points while pulling down 11 rebounds in the win.

The Golden Bears, on the other hand, were horrible from three-point range in connecting on just one of 15 attempts while shooting 30% from the floor during the contest as Andre Kelly along with Paris Austin led the team with 15 and 12 points, respectively, as Austin’s pulled down seven rebounds in defeat.

It will be important to note that Washington turned the ball over 18 times compared to 12 for the Golden Bears in this contest. Nonetheless, the Huskies outrebounded California in this contest while also excelling from the free throw line in which to seal the victory. In all, Cal has allowed opponents to score 80 or more points in five of their last six outings, overall.  They will now matchup with a Colorado Buffaloes squad that has not only suffered on both ends of the floor lately, but, has dropped their last for road games.

 

How Colorado Buffaloes & California Golden Bears Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Colorado is 7 – 10 ATS while the OU is  8-11
California is 5 – 13 ATS while the OU is  10 – 8

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Look for this to be a back-and-forth affair amongst two struggling offenses that will attempt to push the ball early and often in which to put some points on the board in transition throughout the contest.  Of course, with the way both teams have played defense lately, one can certainly look for some points to be scored, as well, particularly for the Colorado Buffaloes, as the Golden Bears have allowed teams to shoot 49% from the floor on a nightly basis this season.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Colorado Buffaloes

My reason for the pick :

 

Cal has simply struggled too much on the defensive end in which to back in any instance. On the other hand, Colorado has also  struggled on the offensive end lately as well as throughout the season and will likely struggle, yet again, if McKinley Wright IV is not able to suit up. Nonetheless, I will back the Buffaloes in this contest as they will exploit an awful defense for the Golden Bears in which to pull out a slim victory in the end due to their ability to consistently push the ball throughout the contest. Also, look for the Buffaloes to also look to get to the free-throw line much more frequently in which to kick-start their dismal offense.

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

As stated, both defenses for these squads have struggled lately as one should really expect the score board to light up throughout this contest. The over has been the play in the last two games for the Colorado Buffaloes on the road while it has also been the result of three of the last four home games for California Golden Bears. Again, combine this with the fact that both teams will be looking to push the pace of this game, constantly, in which to get their offenses going, one can certainly conclude that the over is indeed the strong play for this contest.

Betting trends for Colorado Buffaloes:

  • The Buffaloes are 1-4 against the spread in last 5 games
    The under is 8 – 2 in Buffalo’s last 10 games

Betting trends for California Golden Bears:

  • The Golden Bears are 0-5 against the spread in last 5 games
    The under is 3 – 1 in Golden Bears last four games

Falepa

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