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Jacksonville vs Florida Gulf Coast Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Dolphins vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Jacksonville Dolphins at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
  • Where: Fort Myers at Alico Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Jacksonville +6, JAX +209 | FLGC -268 O/U 130.0

Dolphins Preview:

Through 11 games, the Jacksonville Dolphins have an overall record of 7-4. So far, the Dolphins have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 3-4. For the season, Jacksonville has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 2-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Dolphins being +6 point underdogs.

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Jacksonville will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kevion Nolan who is averaging 13.82 points per game for the Dolphins. Nolan 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 Dolphins’ offensive gameplan is the play of Gyasi Powell who has hit 50.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 8.64 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Jacksonville this season, as they are currently ranked 324th in college basketball at 67.1 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 Dolphins’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.1%, placing them 242nd in the NCAA.

Eagles Preview:

Florida Gulf Coast will take the floor against the Dolphins with an overall record of 10-3. So far this season, Florida Gulf Coast has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Eagles as the -6 point favorites. The Eagles have been favored 6 times, going 6-0 straight up.

Florida Gulf Coast will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Isaiah Thompson who is averaging 13.62 points per game for the Eagles. Thompson 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 Zach Anderson who has hit 51.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.08 points per game.

Florida Gulf Coast comes into today’s matchup vs Jacksonville, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.4 points per game. Through 13 games, they have hit 45.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Eagles’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 317th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Jacksonville Dolphins +6

After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles as the favorites to win. Not only do the Jacksonville Dolphins have a mediocre record vs the spread at away of late 4-6, but Florida Gulf Coast 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 -6 points in favor of the Eagles is too high and there is good value on grabbing Jacksonville vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Jacksonville taking the points.

 


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