Check out our free Cleveland State vs Purdue Fort Wayne pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Fort Wayne. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Cleveland State vs Purdue Fort Wayne Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds

Vikings vs Mastodons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Cleveland State Vikings at Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons
  • Where: Fort Wayne at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
  • Date: Monday, January 16th
  • Betting Odds: Cleveland State +5.5, CLVST +193 | IPFW -243 O/U 136.5

Vikings Preview:

The Cleveland State Vikings will be looking to pick up their 19th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. On the road, the Vikings will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 4-5. So far, the Vikings have been the underdog 9 times, going 3-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5.5 underdogs on the spread.

Tristan Enaruna comes into today’s game as the Vikings’ leading scorer at 12.89 points per contest. Not only has Enaruna been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Cleveland State’s top rebounder at 6.11 boards per contest. Behind Enaruna, the team has benefited from the strong play of Deshon Parker, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.28 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.6% of his shots and is adding 3.44 boards per game.

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Cleveland State comes into today’s matchup vs Purdue Fort Wayne, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.6 points per game. Through 18 games, they have hit 47.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Vikings have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 420th in possessions per game.

Mastodons Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Cleveland State, the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 12-6. So far this season, Purdue Fort Wayne has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Mastodons as the -5.5 point favorites. The Mastodons have been favored 12 times, going 8-4 straight up.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s leading scorer this season is Jarred Godfrey, who is averaging 16.82 points per contest. So far, Godfrey has accounted for 20.88% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.35 rebounds per game and 4.06 assists. Bobby Planutis is the second leading scorer for the Mastodons, averaging 12.06 points per game. Between him and Planutis, they are accounting for 36.7% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Purdue Fort Wayne comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 402nd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Mastodons’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. So far, 44.86% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.1%.

Free Spread Prediction: Cleveland State Vikings +5.5

Our betting model for this contest between the Cleveland State Vikings and the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons has identified Cleveland State at +5.5 as today’s best bet. Although the Vikings are the betting underdogs, we like how they have been performing vs the spread at away. Over the school’s last 10 road games, they have a record of 6-4 vs the spread. Although Purdue Fort Wayne has shot well from behind the arc this season, look for the Vikings’ defense to put the clamps down with their 3-point defense. Our recommendation is to jump on Cleveland State to cover as +5.5 point road underdogs.

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