Check out our free Long Beach State vs CSUN pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Northridge. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Long Beach State vs CSUN Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Beach vs Matadors Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Long Beach State Beach at CSUN Matadors
  • Where: Northridge at Premier America Credit Union
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Long Beach State -5, LBST -225 | CSUNR +178 O/U 144.5

Beach Preview:

Long Beach State will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs CSUN in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far, the Beach have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 1-4. This season, Long Beach State has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 3-4. For today’s contest, Long Beach State have a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

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Long Beach State’s leading scorer this season is Joel Murray who is averaging 16.0 points per contest. So far, Murray has accounted for 21.21% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 3.64 assists. Marcus Tsohonis is the second leading scorer for the Beach, averaging 12.08 points per game. Between him and Tsohonis, they are accounting for 36.1% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Long Beach State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.73% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Matadors Preview:

CSUN heads into this matchup having played 13 games and have an overall record sitting at 3-10. Currently, the Matadors have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 3-2. So far, the Matadors have been the underdog 10 times, going 1-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

CSUN will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Atin Wright who is averaging 15.69 points per game for the Matadors. Wright 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 Matadors’ offensive gameplan is the play of Dionte Bostick who has hit 37.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.69 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for CSUN this season, as they are currently ranked 441st in college basketball at 61.6 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 Matadors’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.3%, placing them 452nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Long Beach State Beach -5

In this matchup between the Long Beach State Beach and CSUN Matadors, the oddsmakers have Long Beach State as the -5 point favories on the spread. According to our college basketball betting model, we anticipate the Beach to cover the spread as the road favorites. We are looking for the Beach’s offensive attack to put together a strong outside shooting performance. For the season, Long Beach State is averaging 6.56 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 35.4%. A good outing from downtown will make a huge difference in the game as CSUN has struggled with their outside shot this season. This scenario has us feeling confident in taking Long Beach State laying the points.


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