The Arizona State Sun Devils (10-16, 6-10 Pac-12) and Colorado Buffaloes (18-9, 10-7) clash in a Thursday conference showdown in Boulder, Colo. The battle at the CU Events Center slated to tip off at 9 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Arizona State vs. Colorado odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Arizona State was defeated 66-52 by 13th-ranked UCLA Monday. The result marked the seventh time in the Sun Devils’ last 14 games that they were held under 60 points. In a league not exactly rife with a lot of offense, ASU is perhaps more deficient at that end of the floor than any other Pac-12 team. Since Dec. 19, the Devils are 5-10 and shooting just 40.5% from the floor.
The Buffaloes handed the Sun Devils one of those 10 losses – including one of the seven games ASU scored less than 60 points – behind a 75-57 home victory Jan. 15. The Buffs have been solid at both ends of the floor in racking up a 5-0 record since Feb. 5.
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Arizona State at Colorado odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Arizona State +220 (bet $100 to win $220) | Colorado -280 (bet $280 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Arizona State +6.5 (-115) | Colorado -6.5 (-107)
Over/Under (O/U): 133.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
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Arizona State at Colorado odds, lines, picks and predictions
Colorado 72, Arizona State 69
The first meeting was closer than what’s indicated by the final score, and the Devils actually gave UCLA a scare for most of the second half Monday.
ASU would be worth looking into at a price north of +240.
Against the spread
ARIZONA STATE +6.5 (-115) is worthy of a partial-unit play.
The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss. Their ability to defend – especially defending the perimeter – plays into a lean in Thursday’s matchup.
Both teams have a winning-with-defense philosophy, and that plays into a relatively low total here. But there are some matchup leverages to be played by both sides – ASU in turnover/transition; CU in offensive rebounds and free-throw frequency – which play into an OVER 133.5 (-115) lean.
Plus, the Devils have been hitting triples at a respectable 34.8% clip over their last seven games.
BACK THE OVER 133.5 (-115).
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