Colorado at Oregon college basketball odds, picks and best bets

The Oregon Ducks (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) host the first-place Colorado Buffaloes (19-5, 9-3 Pac-12) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene at 9 p.m. ET Thursday. We analyze the Colorado-Oregon odds and betting lines, while providing college basketball betting tips and advice on this matchup.

The Buffaloes are ranked 15th in the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll. The Ducks are ranked 18th.

Colorado at Oregon: Three things you need to know

1. Colorado heads into this one with a 1.5-game lead for first place in the Pac-12 conference standings ahead of Oregon, and two games ahead of Arizona. A win by the Buffaloes won’t clinch anything but will put them in commanding position for the regular-season conference title.

2. The Buffaloes are an impressive 19-5 straight up this season, but they’re just 5-3 SU in their eight true road contests, including losses in two of the past three away from home. They thumped USC 78-57 in their most recent road outing, Feb. 1.

3. Oregon will be looking to return the favor after losing 74-65 in Boulder back on Jan. 2, as the Buffs covered a two-point number with the Over (137) hitting.


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Colorado at Oregon: Odds, betting lines and picks

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Prediction

Oregon 75, Colorado 71

Moneyline (ML)

Colorado (+165) is a tempting play at this price level, especially given the fact they won the previous matchup outright. Oregon (-200) should be able to scratch out a win on their home court and keep the Buffs from running away with the Pac-12. AVOID, due to the chalky odds returning a profit of just $5 on a $10 bet.

Against the Spread (ATS)

COLORADO ( +5.5, -128) is worth a small-unit play, although the Buffaloes’ Jekyll and Hyde performances at home, as opposed to the road, should give bettors some pause. Still, Oregon (-5.5, +105) has covered just one of the past five games overall, and the Ducks are 1-4 ATS in their past five games against teams with a winning percentage over .600.

Over/Under (O/U)

OVER 136.5 (+100) might be a nice little parlay with the Buffs against the spread. The Over is 4-1 in Colorado’s past five games while hitting in each of their past four following a straight-up win. The Over has connected in six in a row at home for Oregon, and the Over is 13-6-1 in the past 20 overall for the Ducks.

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