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The California Riverside Highlanders take on the Arizona State Sun Devils at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Desert Financial Arena. Arizona State started off its season with a breezy 76-60 win against Portland, while UC Riverside is looking to shake off a season-opening 66-53 loss to San Diego State. The Sun Devils started last season in the AP Top 25 Rankings, but were out by mid-December. The Highlanders had a second-round exit in the Big West tournament to end last season. 

The Sun Devils are favored by 9.5 points in the latest Arizona State vs. UC Riverside odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 139. Before entering any UC Riverside vs. Arizona State picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

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

  • Arizona State vs. UC Riverside spread: Arizona State -9.5
  • Arizona State vs. UC Riverside over-under: 139 points
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What you need to know about Arizona State

In its first game of the season, Tuesday's win against Portland, ASU got double-digit scores from four players: Kimani Lawrence (19), Alonzo Gaffney (15), DJ Horne (11), and Luther Muhammad (10). Lawrence is expected to lead ASU in an expanded role this season, after he started 15 games and was the team's sixth-highest scorer in 2020-21.

Marcus Bagley, who joined the team as one of the country's top prospects last year, is also expected to be a featured player this season. He finished the win against Portland with 12 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes. The Sun Devils' scoring defense finished in the top quarter of all teams last season, but with many new faces leading the rotation, head coach Bobby Hurley may see some inconsistent moments defending his basket.

What you need to know about UC Riverside

The matchup between the Highlanders and the San Diego State Aztecs on Tuesday wasn't a total blowout, but the Highlanders still had a disappointing showing. Callum McRae (13 points) was the top scorer for UC Riverside. Zyon Pullin returned from last season, when finished as the team's second-leading scorer, with 12.1 points per game.

The Highlanders were one of the nation's better 3-point shooting sides last year, and made 37 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Riverside only sunk 27 percent of its attempts from distance in its first game, and needs Wil Tattersall to be more efficient off the bench. Tattersall was the team's second-best 3-point shooter in 2020-21, but made just one of his four 3-point attempts on Tuesday.

How to make Arizona State vs. UC Riverside picks

The model is leaning under on the total, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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