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Boston vs American Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds
Terriers vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Boston Terriers at American Eagles
- Where: Washington at Bender Arena
- Date: Sunday, January 8th
- Betting Odds: Boston +5, BOSTU +174 | AMERCN -221 O/U 125.5
Boston will take the floor against the Eagles with an overall record of 9-7. So far, the Terriers have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 4-5. For the season, Boston has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 1-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Terriers being +5 point underdogs.
Walter Whyte comes into today’s game as the Terriers’ leading scorer at 14.47 points per contest. Not only has Whyte been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Boston’s top rebounder at 6.07 boards per contest. Behind Whyte, the team has benefited from the strong play of Ethan Brittain-Watts, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.27 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.9% of his shots and is adding 1.73 boards per game.
Coming into today’s game, Boston will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Terriers are ranked 189th at 71.3 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 633rd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Boston is close to the NCAA average at 35.8%.
American heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-3. Currently, the Eagles have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 4-1. The Eagles’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, American has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1.
American’s leading scorer this season is Matt Rogers, who is averaging 14.0 points per contest. So far, Rogers has accounted for 20.55% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.5 rebounds per game and 1.36 assists. Johnny O’Neil is the second leading scorer for the Eagles, averaging 12.25 points per game. Between him and O’Neil, they are accounting for 36.0% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for American this season, as they are currently ranked 414th in college basketball at 63.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.1%, placing them 316th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Boston Terriers +5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the American Eagles are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -5. However, we anticipate Boston putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Eagles as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Terriers to cover.