USC at Arizona State odds, picks and prediction

The No. 19 USC Trojans (18-3, 8-3 Pac-12) and Arizona State Sun Devils (6-12, 2-6) will do battle Thursday night in Tempe, Ariz. The contest at Desert Financial Arena is slated to tip off at 11 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the USC vs. Arizona State odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Southern Cal bounced back Saturday from a Jan. 27 loss with a home win over Cal. The Trojans struggled, however, in winning a game that had them favored by 12.5 points. Much of the second half was played with USC in front by 1-3 points. The Trojans were just 4-of-17 from distance after shooting 44.4% from beyond the arc across their three previous games.

Despite playing at an above-average tempo, the Sun Devils are the lowest-scoring team in the Pac-12 (62.7 points per game). Arizona State has averaged just 60.6 PPG in losing six of its last seven games. That stretch includes losing at USC (78-56) two games back.

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USC at Arizona State odds, spread and lines

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Money line: USC -250 (bet $250 to win $100) | Arizona State +200 (bet $100 to win $200)
Against the spread (ATS): USC -5.5 (-112) | Arizona State +5.5 (-108)
Over/Under (O/U): 134.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)

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USC at Arizona State odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

USC 70, Arizona State 62

Money line

Southern Cal -250 is fair. This priced is juiced into no-profit territory. PASS.

Against the spread

The Trojans are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games. In this series, the favorite has won four in a row ATS.

USC won comfortably when these two met Jan. 24. That contest was a medium-pace game with nothing out of bounds that would be due serious regression. It takes a good shooting team to best the Trojans; the Devils are not that.

TAKE USC -5.5 (-112).

Over/Under

There are conflicting signals here but just a slight tug from the Under. Both teams defend 2s well, and free throws likely won’t pile up. Shade the UNDER 134.5 (-115).

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Author: Naomi Berry