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Liberty vs Jacksonville Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Flames vs Dolphins Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Liberty Flames at Jacksonville Dolphins
- Where: Jacksonville at Swisher Gymnasium
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Liberty -6.5, LIBRTY -300 | JAX +234 O/U 121.0
Through 19 games, the Liberty Flames have an overall record of 14-5. On the road, the Flames will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 1-4. So far, the Flames have been favored 13 times, going 11-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Liberty as -6.5 point favorites.
Liberty will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Darius McGhee who is averaging 21.42 points per game for the Flames. McGhee 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 Flames’ offensive game plan is the play of Brody Peebles who has hit 52.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.16 points per game.
Coming into the game, Liberty is averaging 73.4, which is 133rd in the college basketball. A strength of the team’s offensive attack is their ability to knock down shots from deep. So far, the Flames are 60th in 3-point shooting percentage (38.2%). In terms of pace, Liberty perfers to slow the game down, averaging just 65.2 possessions per game.
Jacksonville heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-7. Currently, the Dolphins have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 6-0. So far, the Dolphins have been the underdog 8 times, going 2-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.
Jacksonville will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kevion Nolan who is averaging 13.94 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 game plan is the play of Gyasi Powell who has hit 47.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.94 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 they 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Liberty Flames -6.5
According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the Jacksonville Dolphins and Liberty Flames is to get money down on the Liberty to win an cover as -6.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the road team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 10.33 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the Liberty Flames at -6.5.
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