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Colorado vs. California odds, line: 2021 college basketball picks, Jan. 14 predictions from proven model

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a man standing in front of a crowd: Mar 20, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; General overall view of a basketball approaching the rim and net before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. © Provided by CBS Sports

Mar 20, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; General overall view of a basketball approaching the rim and net before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Colorado Buffaloes and the California Golden Bears are set to square off in a Pac-12 matchup at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday at CU Events Center. The Buffaloes are 9-3 overall and 3-0 at home, while California is 6-7 overall and 0-5 on the road. The Buffaloes have an 8-4 mark against the spread this season. California is 5-7 ATS. 

The Buffaloes are favored by 15 points in the latest Colorado vs. California odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 135. Before entering any California vs. Colorado picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of over $2,000 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Colorado vs. Cal. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Cal vs. Colorado:

  • Colorado vs. California spread: Colorado -15
  • Colorado vs. California over-under: 135 points
  • Colorado vs. California money line: Colorado -1600; California +850
Latest Odds: Colorado Buffaloes -15
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What you need to know about Colorado

Colorado was able to grind out a solid victory over the Utah Utes on Monday, winning 65-58. Colorado forward Jabari Walker filled up the stat sheet, posting a double-double on 15 points and 10 rebounds. McKinley Wright IV leads the team with 15.4 ppg and also dishes out 5.1 assists per contest. Forward Jeriah Horne averages 10.7 points and leads the team in rebounding (5.9).

Colorado is tough to beat at home. The Buffaloes are undefeated in Boulder this season and they upset then-No. 17 Oregon at home on Jan. 7. Colorado is also 5-1 against the spread at home this season. 

What you need to know about California

Meanwhile, even if it wasn't a dominant performance, California beat the Washington Huskies 84-78 on Saturday. California can attribute much of its success to forward Andre Kelly, who had 22 points. That win snapped a three-game losing streak for Cal.

And while the Golden Bears are near the bottom of the Pac-12 standings at 1-5 in conference play, they've kept games relatively competitive, which bodes well for their chances to stay within this 15-point spread. They've only lost one game by more than 13 points this season -- a 76-56 setback at UCLA on Dec. 6.

How to make Colorado vs. California picks

The model has simulated Colorado vs. California 10,000 times and the results are in. It is leaning over on the total, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in more than 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins California vs. Colorado? And which side of the spread is hitting in over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the computer model that has crushed its college basketball picks.

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