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Furman vs Western Carolina Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds
Paladins vs Catamounts Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Furman Paladins at Western Carolina Catamounts
- Where: Cullowhee at Ramsey Center
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds: Furman -11.5, FURMAN -736 | WCAR +508 O/U 145.5
Through 14 games, the Furman Paladins have an overall record of 10-4. On the road, the Paladins will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 2-3. This season, Furman has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 7-2. For today’s contest, Furman have a betting line set -11.5 points in their favor.
Furman’s leading scorer this season is Mike Bothwell who is averaging 19.57 points per contest. So far, Bothwell has accounted for 23.64% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.71 rebounds per game and 4.43 assists. Jalen Slawson is the second leading scorer for the Paladins, averaging 14.43 points per game. Between him and Slawson, they are accounting for 41.1% of the team’s scoring.
Through 14 games, Furman has been playing well on offense, averaging 77.6 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Paladins’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.0% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 11.79 made 3’s per contest.
Western Carolina heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-7. Currently, the Catamounts have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 5-3. So far, the Catamounts have been the underdog 8 times, going 2-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +11.5 underdogs on the spread.
Tyzhaun Claude comes into today’s game as the Catamounts’ leading scorer at 15.21 points per contest. Not only has Claude been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Western Carolina’s top rebounder at 8.43 boards per contest. Behind Claude, the team has benefited from the strong play of Tre Jackson who is second on the team in scoring at 13.92 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.7% of his shots and is adding 3.92 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Western Carolina this season, as they are currently ranked 221st in college basketball at 70.7 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 Catamounts’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.9%, placing them 372nd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Western Carolina Catamounts +11.5
Our analysis of the Western Carolina Catamounts vs Furman Paladins game indicates that Western Carolina will cover the spread as +11.5 point underdogs. We think the line for this matchup is too high, giving Western Carolina an opportunity to cover. Even if they are behind throughout the game, the Catamounts have a strong chance of keeping the final score closer than oddsmakers are anticipating. In these cases, the better team’s pace of play can play a significant role in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are close to the NCAA average, Western Carolina won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Our model recommends betting on the Western Carolina Catamounts at +11.5.
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