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Cal State Fullerton vs Long Beach State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Titans vs Beach Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Cal State Fullerton Titans at Long Beach State Beach
- Where: Long Beach at Walter Pyramid
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Cal State Fullerton +4, CSUFL +150 | LBST -187 O/U 147.0
Heading into today’s matchup vs Long Beach State, the Cal State Fullerton Titans will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 10-9. So far, the Titans have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 2-8. For the season, Cal State Fullerton has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 5-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Titans being +4 point underdogs.
Cal State Fullerton will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Latrell Wrightsell Jr. who is averaging 15.72 points per game for the Titans. Jr. 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 Titans’ offensive game plan is the play of Jalen Harris who has hit 36.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.79 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Cal State Fullerton this season, as they are currently ranked 231st in college basketball at 70.3 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 Titans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.0%, placing them 322nd in the NCAA.
Through 18 games, the Long Beach State Beach have an overall record of 8-10. Currently, the Beach have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 6-4. The Beach’s are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Long Beach State has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4.
Important to the outcome of the game, is if Joel Murray will be able to suit up for the Beach’s. Heading into play, Murray leads the team at 15.69 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 44.0% while also adding 3.88 rebounds. Even if Joel Murray ends up playing, Long Beach State will be counting on Lassina Traore to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, Traore is the Beach’s second leading scorer at 11.12 points per game. So far, he has hit 51.6% of his field goal attempts.
On offense, Long Beach State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.73% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Long Beach State Beach -4
In this matchup between the Long Beach State Beach and Cal State Fullerton Titans, the oddsmakers have Long Beach State as the -4 point favories on the spread. According to our college basketball betting model, we anticipate the Beach to cover the spread as the home favorites. We are looking for the Beach’s offensive attack to put together a strong outside shooting performance. For the season, Long Beach State is averaging 6.56 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 35.4%. A good outing from downtown will make a huge difference in the game as Cal State Fullerton has struggled with their outside shot this season. This scenario has us feeling confident in taking Long Beach State laying the points.