Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans, Thursday, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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STANFORD CARDINAL USC TROJANS
8-6 January 5, 11:00 PM | Galen Center 14-1

When: 11:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 5, 2017
Where: Galen Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 11 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network

Team Spread Money Line Total
Stanford Cardinal +7 -110  +270 143.5 -110
USC Trojans -7 -110  -330 143.5 -110

The Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Galen Center.

ABOUT STANFORD (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12): The Cardinal offense revolves around 6-8 forward Reid Travis, who averages 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds but finished with 11 points against Arizona, which used its size to control the post. Stanford ranks 11th in the Pac-12 in scoring at 69.1 per game and has struggled to find much offense beyond Travis and Dorian Pickens, who is averaging 13.2 points. “I don’t think we’re resilient enough or tough enough to fight through any adversity,” coach Jerod Haase told reporters. “Right now, with any sign of adversity, our confidence does go down.”

ABOUT USC (14-1, 1-1): The Trojans have lost five in a row to Stanford but will be eager to restart their up-tempo offense following the rout in Oregon. Coach Andy Enfield is using a four-guard lineup with forward Bennie Boatwright (knee) expected to miss most of January, leaving sophomore Chimezie Metu with the task of attempting to slow down Travis in Thursday’s contest. The 6-11 Metu averages 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds but scored only four on 1-of-12 shooting in the loss to Oregon.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Trojans listed as 7-point favorites versus the Cardinal, while the game’s total is sitting at 143.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

After watching its season-opening 14-game winning streak come to a crashing halt with an ugly 23-point loss at Oregon, USC aims for a bounce-back effort Thursday against visiting Stanford. The Trojans committed a season-high 17 turnovers against the Ducks on Friday and barely resembled the team that cruised through a relatively soft non-conference schedule.

Guard Elijah Stewart averages a team-high 14.7 points and 5.5 rebounds for USC, which shot 31 percent against Oregon and trailed by 25 points less than six minutes into the second half. “That is the worst we’ve played all year, and it’s only up from here,” point guard Jordan McLaughlin told reporters. “That’s what the coaches said, that’s what we believe, and we’ve just got to go back to L.A. and it starts in practice. We’ve got to ramp it up and take it to a whole other level.” McLaughlin has been a key part of the Trojans’ surprising early-season run, but the 6-1 junior was held to 10 points and committed three turnovers against the Ducks. USC faces another team looking to rebound from a tough loss in Stanford, which was dominated in the paint and allowed Arizona to shoot 62.5 percent in Sunday’s 91-52 home loss.

USC was a 84-61 loser in its last match on the road against Ducks. They failed to cover the +9.5-point spread as underdogs.

Last time out for Stanford, they were a 91-52 loser as they battled Wildcats at home. They failed to cover in the match as a +6.5-point underdog.

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Stanford:
Team record: 8-6 SU,5-8 ATS
Stanford is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Stanford is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Stanford is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road

USC:
Team record: 14-1 SU,7-7 ATS
USC is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
USC is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
USC is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Stanford at UCLA Sunday, January 8
USC home to California Sunday, January 8

NCAA HOOPS UPDATES
1. USC has won its last two Pac-12 home openers and is 31-19 in its last 50.

2. Stanford F Michael Humphrey recorded eight points in 17 minutes against Arizona after missing one game with a head injury.

3. The Trojans have won 24 of their last 26 games at the Galen Center.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: USC Trojans will cover the spread at -7 and the game will stay under 143.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: USC 66, Stanford 57 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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