Check out our free Chattanooga vs Mercer pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Macon. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Chattanooga vs Mercer Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Mocs vs Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Chattanooga Mocs at Mercer Bears
  • Where: Macon at Hawkins Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Chattanooga +1.5, CHAT +102 | MERC -126 O/U 142.0

Mocs Preview:

Through 14 games, the Chattanooga Mocs have an overall record of 8-6. So far, the Mocs have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 3-4. For the season, Chattanooga has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Mocs being +1.5 point underdogs.

Jake Stephens comes into today’s game as the Mocs’ leading scorer at 21.43 points per contest. Not only has Stephens been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Chattanooga’s top rebounder at 10.36 boards per contest. Behind Stephens, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jamal Johnson who is second on the team in scoring at 12.86 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.9% of his shots and is adding 3.64 boards per game.

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On offense, Chattanooga is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 34.6% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 39.37% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Bears Preview:

Mercer will take the floor against the Mocs with an overall record of 7-7. Currently, the Bears have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Bears’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Mercer has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 4-2.

Mercer’s leading scorer this season is Jalyn McCreary who is averaging 15.71 points per contest. So far, McCreary has accounted for 20.52% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.29 rebounds per game and 0.64 assists. Kamar Robertson is the second leading scorer for the Bears, averaging 13.69 points per game. Between him and Robertson, they are accounting for 37.1% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Mercer this season, as they are currently ranked 225th in college basketball at 70.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.1%, placing them 173rd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Mercer Bears -1.5

If you are eying this matchup between Chattanooga Mocs and Mercer Bears as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Mercer to cover the spread as -1.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Mercer shooting well enough to keep the Mocs at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Bears’ to win the game and cover the spread.

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