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Akron vs Ball State Pick & Preview: Friday, January 6th Betting Odds

Zips vs Cardinals Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Akron Zips at Ball State Cardinals
  • Where: Muncie at Worthen Arena
  • Date: Friday, January 6th
  • Betting Odds: Akron +2, AKRON +111 | BALLST -136 O/U 134.0

Zips Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Ball State, the Akron Zips will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 9-5. On the road, the Zips will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 1-4. So far, the Zips have been the underdog 6 times, going 1-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.

Before getting a wager down on this game, keep a close eye on the injury report before tip-off, as the Zips’ top scorer Xavier Castaneda is listed as questionable. In his 13 games, he is averaging 19.54 points per game while providing the team with an outside shooting threat. If he is unable to play, the team will be losing their top outside shooter. Without Xavier Castaneda out of the lineup, Enrique Freeman is going to need to take on a bigger role. Currently, he is 2nd on the team at 13.71 points per contest to go along with 10.36 rebounds and 2.29 assists.

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Coming into today’s game, Akron will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Zips are ranked 191st at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 656th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Akron is close to the NCAA average at 35.8%.

Cardinals Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Akron, the Ball State Cardinals will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 10-4. Currently, the Cardinals have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Cardinals’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, Ball State has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 6-0.

Ball State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jarron Coleman who is averaging 14.21 points per game for the Cardinals. Coleman is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Cardinals’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jaylin Sellers who has hit 53.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.46 points per game.

On offense, Ball State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 275th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Cardinals’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.3 points per game. So far, 42.19% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.7%.

Free Spread Prediction: Ball State Cardinals -2

Heading into this matchup, with the Ball State Cardinals sitting as -2 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Ball State and Akron are averaging 9.0 and 7.94 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Ball State has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Cardinals to cover at -2.

 


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