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Middle Tennessee vs Charlotte Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 29th Betting Odds
Blue Raiders vs 49ers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Charlotte 49ers
- Where: Charlotte at Halton Arena
- Date: Thursday, December 29th
- Betting Odds: Middle Tennessee +3, MTNST +130 | CHARLT -160 O/U 124.5
Blue Raiders Preview:
Middle Tennessee heads into this matchup having played 12 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-4. On the road, the Blue Raiders will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 1-3. So far, the Blue Raiders have been the underdog 3 times, going 1-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
DeAndre Dishman comes into today’s game as the Blue Raiders’ leading scorer at 12.92 points per contest. Not only has Dishman been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Middle Tennessee’s top rebounder at 5.58 boards per contest. Behind Dishman, the team has benefited from the strong play of Eli Lawrence who is second on the team in scoring at 11.33 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.1% of his shots and is adding 3.58 boards per game.
On offense, Middle Tennessee is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 12 games, they have only hit 32.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 43.09% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Charlotte heads into this matchup having played 12 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-3. So far this season, Charlotte has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the 49ers as the -3 point favorites. The 49ers have been favored 9 times, going 7-2 straight up.
Aly Khalifa comes into today’s game as the 49ers’ leading scorer at 10.25 points per contest. Not only has Khalifa been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Charlotte’s top rebounder at 7.17 boards per contest. Before getting a bet down on this game, we recommend keeping close watch on the availability of Igor Milicic Jr., as he is currently listed as questionable. If he can’t play, the 49ers’ will be without their 2nd leading scorer at Igor Milicic Jr. points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Charlotte this season, as they are currently ranked 237th in college basketball at 70.0 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 49ers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.5%, placing them 211st in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +3
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Charlotte 49ers are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -3. However, we anticipate Middle Tennessee putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the 49ers as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Blue Raiders to cover.
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