The USC Trojans (17-2 SU, 11-8 ATS) are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against the Stanford Cardinal (11-6, 7-9-1). The Trojans will try to avenge their recent road loss to the Cardinal and to succeed as a winning Cardinal vs Trojans prediction Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Cardinal vs Trojans Odds & Analysis
The Trojans opened as 10.5-point home favorites and are the early favorite among Cardinal vs Trojans predictions as the line has been bumped up to USC -11. The total in this Pac-12 matchup has settled in at 140 points since opening at 138.5 points. The OVER is 8-4 in Stanford’s last 12 games against Pac-12 opponents.
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USC Has Bounced Back After Recent Mini Slump
The Trojans coasted to an easy 78-56 win as 12-point favorites over the Arizona State Sun Devils on Monday night. Four different Trojans scored at least 12 points with Drew Peterson leading the way with 16 points.
USC is now 3-0 SU and ATS over its last three games since going 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS over its previous three games in a stretch that included a 75-69 loss as 7-point road favorites to Stanford.
During that three-game skid, USC’s defense allowed an uncharacteristic 75 points per game. The Trojans rank 40th in the nation on defense, giving up only 63 points per game, and have allowed 60.3 points over their current three-game winning streak. Bettors taking USC as their Cardinal vs Trojans prediction will be counting on a better defensive effort from the Trojans than they delivered the last time they faced Stanford.
Stanford Is Trending In The Wrong Direction
The Cardinal got off to a great start in January with back-to-back upset wins over USC and the Washington State Cougars as 7.5-point road underdogs. Those two wins helped Stanford improve to 6-1 SU and ATS over a seven-game stretch with three outright upsets. Since then, however, Stanford has cooled off with a 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS record over its last three games.
Stanford did manage to snap a two-game losing streak in its 79-76 win at home over Arizona State on Saturday but failed to cover the spread as 5.5-point favorites. Now the Cardinal will try to get the job done on the road, where they are just 1-4 SU and 1-3-1 ATS this season. The Cardinal are 2-9 SU and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog.
Cardinal vs Trojans Pick & Insights
Cardinal: Keys To Cover
Harrison Ingram and Spencer Jones each scored 21 points in Stanford’s upset over USC earlier this month. The Cardinal will need at least two of Ingram, Jones and Jaiden Delaire to have big games on offense Thursday to crack through USC’s defense and to be a winning Cardinal vs Trojans prediction.
Trojans: Keys To Cover
USC appears to be back on track after a rough week that started with the loss on January 11 to Stanford. With its normal effort on defense and home-court advantage against a bad road team, the Trojans should be able to cover the spread and cash in as a Cardinal vs Trojans pick.
Odds Shark’s Computer Cardinal vs Trojans Prediction: Trojans -11
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