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

Milwaukee vs Cleveland State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Panthers vs Vikings Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Milwaukee Panthers at Cleveland State Vikings
  • Where: Cleveland at Wolstein Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Milwaukee +6.5, WBD +230 | CLVST -293 O/U 136.5

Panthers Preview:

The Milwaukee Panthers head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 9-5. On the road, the Panthers will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 2-4. So far, the Panthers have been the underdog 8 times, going 3-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.

Milwaukee will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kentrell Pullian who is averaging 10.07 points per game for the Panthers. Pullian 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 Panthers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Markeith Browning II who has hit 51.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.5 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Milwaukee this season, as they are currently ranked 387th in college basketball at 64.8 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 Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.7%, placing them 381st in the NCAA.

Vikings Preview:

Cleveland State will take the floor against the Panthers with an overall record of 8-7. So far this season, Cleveland State has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. The Vikings’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, Cleveland State has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 4-0.

Tristan Enaruna comes into today’s game as the Vikings’ leading scorer at 11.87 points per contest. Not only has Enaruna been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Cleveland State’s top rebounder at 6.33 boards per contest. Behind Enaruna, the team has benefited from the strong play of Deshon Parker who is second on the team in scoring at 10.87 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.2% of his shots and is adding 3.73 boards per game.

Cleveland State comes into today’s matchup vs Milwaukee, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.6 points per game. Through 15 games, they have hit 47.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Vikings’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 420th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Cleveland State Vikings -6.5

In this matchup between the Cleveland State Vikings and Milwaukee Panthers, the oddsmakers have Cleveland State as the -6.5 point favories on the spread. According to our college basketball betting model, we anticipate the Vikings to cover the spread as the home favorites. We are looking for the Vikings’ offensive attack to put together a strong outside shooting performance. For the season, Cleveland State is averaging 6.53 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 33.2%. A good outing from downtown will make a huge difference in the game as Milwaukee has struggled with their outside shot this season. This scenario has us feeling confident in taking Cleveland State laying the points.

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