San Diego State at Colorado State odds, picks and prediction

The San Diego State Aztecs (12-5, 4-2 MWC) visit the Colorado State Rams (16-3, 6-3) Friday for a Mountain West showdown in Fort Collins. The contest at Moby Arena is slated to tip off at 9 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the San Diego State vs. Colorado State odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

San Diego State is coming off a Monday 72-47 home rout of New Mexico. The Aztecs held the Lobos to a 30.8% mark from the field. SDSU is 7-2 over its last nine games. The country’s third-best defense – tops in the MWC – (56.8 points allowed per game) held opponents to an anemic 35.1% accuracy mark over that stretch.

The Rams went 16-1 over their first 17 games, but they lost their last two games. The most recent setback was an 84-78 overtime setback at Wyoming Monday. The Aztecs handed the Rams their first loss of the season, a 79-49 rout back on Jan. 8 in San Diego.

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San Diego State at Colorado State odds, spread and lines

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Money line: San Diego State +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Colorado State -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): San Diego State +3.5 (-105) | Colorado State -3.5 (-120)
Over/Under (O/U): 133.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)

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San Diego State at Colorado State odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

San Diego State 65, Colorado State 63

Money line

This veteran San Diego State squad plays tremendous defense, forcing opponents into inefficient looks most times down the floor. The Aztecs’ defensive efficiency numbers on the road rank in the top 10 in the nation.

Over its last two games, Colorado State has yielded a 51.9% mark from the field, including a 42.0% figure from beyond the arc.

Peg this game as a pick ’em, so there is certainly value on SAN DIEGO STATE (+155).

Against the spread

The Rams are 0-4 ATS in their last four games against .600 foes.

More risk-averse bettors may want to take the AZTECS +3.5 (-105).

Over/Under

UNDER 133.5 (-108) is the way to go.

The Under is 8-0 in SDSU’s last eight games against .600 foes.

Schedule-wise, the Rams look to be heading into a couple weeks of Under lean.

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Author: Naomi Berry