Check out our free Florida Atlantic vs Eastern Michigan pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Ypsilanti. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Florida Atlantic vs Eastern Michigan Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 4th Betting Odds

Owls vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Florida Atlantic Owls at Eastern Michigan Eagles
  • Where: Ypsilanti at Convocation Center (MI)
  • Date: Sunday, December 4th
  • Betting Odds: Florida Atlantic -9.5, FLATL -504 | EMICH +363 O/U 147.5

Owls Preview:

Through 7 games, the Florida Atlantic Owls have an overall record of 6-1. So far, the Owls have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 2-1. This season, Florida Atlantic has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 4-0. For today’s contest, Florida Atlantic have a betting line set -9.5 points in their favor.

Vladislav Goldin comes into today’s game as the Owls’ leading scorer at 11.14 points per contest. Not only has Goldin been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Florida Atlantic’s top rebounder at 5.14 boards per contest. Behind Goldin, the team has benefited from the strong play of Michael Forrest who is second on the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.4% of his shots and is adding 2.4 boards per game.

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On offense, Florida Atlantic is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 7 games, they have only hit 34.9% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 43.09% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Eagles Preview:

Eastern Michigan heads into this matchup having played 8 games and have an overall record sitting at 2-6. Currently, the Eagles have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 1-3. So far, the Eagles have been the underdog 6 times, going 1-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9.5 underdogs on the spread.

Eastern Michigan will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Emoni Bates who is averaging 20.43 points per game for the Eagles. Bates 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 Eagles’ offensive gameplan is the play of Noah Farrakhan who has hit 41.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.0 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Eastern Michigan this season, as they are currently ranked 260th in college basketball at 69.1 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 Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 427th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Eastern Michigan Eagles +9.5

Our analysis for this game between Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Florida Atlantic Owls points to Eastern Michigan covering the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. We see the line for this matchup being set too high, leaving an opportunity for Eastern Michigan to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Eagles are an excellent candidate to keep the final score closer than oddsmakers are expecting. In these situations, the better team’s pace of play can play a large role in them being able to cover such a large spread. However, given that both sides are near the NCAA average in possessions per game, Eastern Michigan won’t be forced to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Heading into the game, our model recommends locking in a bet on the Eastern Michigan Eagles at +9.5.

 


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