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Jackson State vs SMU Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 3rd Betting Odds
Tigers vs Mustangs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Jackson State Tigers at SMU Mustangs
- Where: Dallas at Moody Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, December 3rd
- Betting Odds: Jackson State +13, JACKST +628 | SMU -1011 O/U 142.0
Jackson State heads into this matchup having played 6 games and have an overall record sitting at 0-6. This will be the team’s 7th straight game on the road. Jackson State has been the underdog across each of their previous 6 games. This is is no different than today’s matchup, as they are +13 point underdogs on the spread.
Jackson State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ken Evans who is averaging 15.67 points per game for the Tigers. Evans 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 Tigers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Trace Young who has hit 44.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.17 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Jackson State this season, as they are currently ranked 455th in college basketball at 61.0 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 Tigers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.8%, placing them 476th in the NCAA.
SMU heads into this matchup having played 7 games and have an overall record sitting at 3-4. So far this season, SMU has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Mustangs as the -13 point favorites. The Mustangs have been favored 5 times, going 3-2 straight up.
SMU’s leading scorer this season is Zhuric Phelps who is averaging 19.14 points per contest. So far, Phelps has accounted for 28.63% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.29 rebounds per game and 2.57 assists. Zach Nutall is the second leading scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 11.86 points per game. Between him and Nutall, they are accounting for 46.4% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, SMU comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 446th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Mustangs’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. So far, 42.57% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.3%.
Free Spread Prediction: Jackson State Tigers +13
When looking at the betting lines for this showdown between the SMU Mustangs and Jackson State Tigers, our analysis likes the value of taking Jackson State to put up a fight as the 13 point underdogs. Pace of play should be a big factor in this matchup, as both sides prefer to grind the clock and make their opponents defend. With this game likely featuring a limited number of possessions, there will be less opportunity for SMU to pull away and cover the spread as -13 point favorites. Despite Jackson State sitting at just 2-3 ATS in their last 5 games as the underdog, for today’s game, we will be locking in the Tigers at +13.
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