Arizona vs Cal Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Thursday, February 9, 2023

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The California Golden Bears (3-20, 2-10 Pac-12) will try to stop a seven-game losing skid when hosting the Arizona Wildcats (21-3, 10-3 Pac-12) at 11:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at Haas Pavilion. The contest airs on Pac-12 Network.

The Wildcats are currently heavy 18.5-point favorites against the Golden Bears. A 141.5-point total has been set for the game.

Arizona vs. Cal Odds

Point Spread for Arizona vs. Cal

The spread for this matchup is set at 18.5 points, with bookmakers listing Arizona as the favorite.

Arizona vs. Cal Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Arizona has -2867 odds to pick up the win, while Cal is listed at +1233 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 141.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, February 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 11:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Pac-12 Network
  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • Arena: Haas Pavilion

Arizona vs. Cal Betting Trends

Arizona has played 24 games, with 11 wins against the spread. The Wildcats have won in 20, or 87%, of the 23 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Arizona’s games this year have gone over the total in 11 out of 23 opportunities (47.8%).

Cal is 10-13-0 against the spread this season. The Golden Bears have compiled a 2-14 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 12.5% of those games). Cal has gone over the point total 43.5% of the time this year (10 of 23 games with a set point total).

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Arizona vs. Cal Key Players to Watch


Azuolas Tubelis puts up 20.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game — both team highs. He is also putting up 2.1 assists, shooting 57.3% from the field. Oumar Ballo is posting 15.0 points, 1.5 assists and 9.0 rebounds per contest. Kerr Kriisa puts up a team-leading 5.7 assists per contest. He is also putting up 11.0 points and 2.6 rebounds, shooting 38.2% from the field and 37.3% from downtown with 2.6 made 3-pointers per game. Pelle Larsson is averaging 9.8 points, 3.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds per contest.


Lars Thiemann is averaging team highs in points (10.4 per game) and rebounds (5.9). And he is delivering 0.6 assists, making 51.7% of his shots from the floor. The Golden Bears get 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game from Kuany Kuany. Joel Brown paces the Golden Bears in assists (2.8 per game), and produces 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. He also averages 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. The Golden Bears receive 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Grant Newell.

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What you need to know about the Arizona Wildcats

In Arizona’s 13 Pac-12 games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total five times. The Wildcats are allowing 70.7 points per game this year (210th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really shined on offense, posting 83.3 points per contest (ninth-best). Arizona is allowing 30.2 boards per game this season (125th-ranked in college basketball), but it has shined by grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game (fourth-best).

The Wildcats put up 85.3 points per game when playing at home, compared to 74.5 points per game in road games, a difference of 10.8 points per contest. With 8.3 treys per game, Arizona is 85th in college basketball. It owns a 36.3% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 63rd in college basketball. This season, the Wildcats are giving up 7.8 treys per game (253rd-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opponents to shoot 31.6% (69th-ranked) from three-point land.

The Wildcats have gone 8-2 in their past 10 games, with a 5-5 record against the spread in that span. Four of Arizona’s last 10 games have hit the over. Arizona has seen a downturn in scoring lately, putting up 75.7 points per game in its last 10 outings, 7.6 points fewer than the 83.3 it has scored this year. Arizona has been slightly better on the defensive end of the floor of late, allowing 67.8 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 70.7 it has surrendered per game this year.

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What you need to know about the California Golden Bears

Cal has compiled a 6-6-0 ATS record so far this year in conference play. The Golden Bears are the -1-worst squad in the country in points scored (59.0 per game) and 132nd in points conceded (68.0). In 2022-23, Cal is fourth-worst in the country in rebounds (27.7 per game) and 140th in rebounds allowed (30.5).

The Golden Bears are putting up more points at home (60.8 per game) than on the road (57.4). In 2022-23 Cal is ninth-worst in the country in 3-point makes (5.0 per game) and 18th-worst in 3-point percentage (29.8%). The Golden Bears are 150th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (7.0 per game) and 153rd in 3-point percentage defensively (33.1%).

The Golden Bears have a 5-5 record against the spread while finishing 2-8 overall over their past 10 games. In its past 10 games, Cal has hit the over four times. While Cal is posting 59.0 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that in its previous 10 games, tallying 58.8 points per contest. The Golden Bears have performed worse defensively over their previous 10 games, giving up 70.1 points per contest, 2.1 more points their than season average of 68.0.

Arizona vs. Cal Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Arizona, and we project that Cal will cover the spread (Arizona -18.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 141.5 points.

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How to bet Arizona vs. Cal

You can bet on Arizona vs. Cal at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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