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Point spread favors Rebels in battle with Golden Bears

California Golden BearsUNLV Rebels
Dec 23, 5:00 PM | Thomas & Mack Center

California Golden Bears vs UNLV Rebels Odds


UNLV looks to cover the Rebels-Golden Bears pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 12-2 mark when they host California in college basketball action.

The Rebels sport records of 12-2 and 6-6 ATS heading into this battle, while the Golden Bears have 10-2 and 8-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 6-6 for the Rebels and 1-8-1 for the Golden Bears.

View California vs UNLV Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Rebels as 5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Rebels at No. 7 and the Golden Bears at No. 52 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 84-81 result in favor of the Golden Bears.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits UNLV's No. 35-ranked offense, averaging 77.9 PPG, against a Golden Bears defense that ranks No. 12 at 56 PPG. The Rebels field goal percentage has averaged 46.8% so far, less than the Golden Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 48% per game.

Defensively, California features the nation's No. 114-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.3 points per game. UNLV, meanwhile, comes in at No. 63 nationally in scoring at home.

California was a 70-50 winner in its last match at home against Santa Barbara. They covered the 8.5–point spread as favorites. California cruised to victory on Monday, running Santa Barbara out of the gym and running up a 70-50 score at Haas Pavilion.

Last time out for UNLV, they were an 81-63 winner as they battled Louisiana-Monroe at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 27-point favorite. Chace Stanback went off for 29 points and added 4 rebounds, leading UNLV over Louisiana-Monroe, 81-63, on Monday at Thomas & Mack Center.

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing USC are 2-8
After playing Santa Barbara are 2-0
After a win are 7-3

UNLV Rebels Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

A few Golden Bears at Rebels trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of California's last 15 games on the road
California is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
UNLV is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
UNLV is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games

Next up:
California home to USC, Thursday, December 29
UNLV home to Central Arkansas, Wednesday, December 28