Stanford at Colorado odds, picks and prediction

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The Stanford Cardinal (4-2, 0-0 Pac-12) and Colorado Buffaloes (5-1, 0-0) clash in an early-season Pac-12 showdown Sunday at 7 p.m. ET at the CU Events Center in Boulder, Colo. Below, we look at the Stanford vs. Colorado odds and lines and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Stanford earned a 79-65 win over North Carolina AT&T Tuesday and has won 3-of-4 since opening the season with a loss. Rebounding has been the Cardinal's bread-and-butter thus far. SU out-rebounded NC AT&T 46-29, and the Cardinal has recorded 14-plus offensive boards in three games already.

The Buffaloes figure to have a top-shelf offense again in 2021-22. Colorado shot 37.3% from 3-point-land in averaging 73.1 points per game last season. The Buffs have scored 80-plus in 4-of-6 games so far this season. A veteran group led by senior G McKinley Wright IV (15.3 PPG) is averaging 78.7 PPG (76th NCAA-I).

Stanford at Colorado odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Stanford +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | Colorado -240 (bet $240 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Stanford +5.5 (-110) | Colorado -5.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 135.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)

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Stanford at Colorado odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Colorado 70, Stanford 64

Money line

Since 2016, Colorado is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in home games against the Cardinal. And the Buffs swept two games from SU last season.

Both teams are young, but CU has the likeable depth inside and the ability to leverage an advantage at the free-throw line. Stanford's young team is 0-for-2 on the road this November.

TAKE COLORADO (-240).

Against the spread

The Buffaloes' wins over the Cardinal last year were by 18 and 13 points. In its last four ATS covers at home in this series, CU's average margin of cover has been 8.0 points.

The home/road factor looms larger here than in most games, but peg COLORADO -5.5 (-110) as just a partial-unit play, perhaps as a complement to the above,

Over/Under

There is not much leverage here, but in a conference opener with two young teams not prone to launching a slew of of shots from distance, consider the UNDER 135.5 (-112).

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