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Harvard vs Maine Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 28th Betting Odds

Crimson vs Black Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Harvard Crimson at Maine Black Bears
  • Where: Bangor at Cross Insurance Center
  • Date: Wednesday, December 28th
  • Betting Odds: Harvard -5, HARVRD -222 | MAINE +178 O/U 132.0

Crimson Preview:

Through 13 games, the Harvard Crimson have an overall record of 8-5. So far, the Crimson have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 5-2. This season, Harvard has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 4-1. For today’s contest, Harvard have a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

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Chris Ledlum comes into today’s game as the Crimson’s leading scorer at 18.69 points per contest. Not only has Ledlum been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Harvard’s top rebounder at 7.85 boards per contest. Behind Ledlum, the team has benefited from the strong play of Chisom Okpara who is second on the team in scoring at 8.46 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.7% of his shots and is adding 4.15 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Harvard this season, as they are currently ranked 185th in college basketball at 71.5 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 Crimson’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.9%, placing them 329th in the NCAA.

Black Bears Preview:

Maine will take the floor against the Crimson with an overall record of 6-6. So far this season, Maine has played 4 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-1. For the season, Maine has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 2-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Black Bears being +5 point underdogs.

Maine’s leading scorer this season is Kellen Tynes who is averaging 15.0 points per contest. So far, Tynes has accounted for 21.33% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.33 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Gedi Juozapaitis is the second leading scorer for the Black Bears, averaging 13.42 points per game. Between him and Juozapaitis, they are accounting for 40.4% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Maine this season, as they are currently ranked 433rd in college basketball at 62.4 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 Black Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.1%, placing them 412nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Maine Black Bears +5

After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Harvard Crimson as the favorites to win. Not only do the Maine Black Bears have a mediocre record vs the spread at home of late 5-5, but Harvard also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -5 in favor of the Crimson is too high and there is good value on grabbing Maine vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Harvard Crimson as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Maine taking the points.

 


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