Check out our free Missouri State vs Belmont pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Nashville. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Missouri State vs Belmont Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Bears vs Bruins Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Missouri State Bears at Belmont Bruins
- Where: Nashville at Curb Event Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Missouri State +1.5, MSRST +104 | BELM -128 O/U 135.5
The Missouri State Bears head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 8-7. So far, the Bears have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 3-4. For the season, Missouri State has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 2-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bears being +1.5 point underdogs.
Missouri State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Chance Moore who is averaging 13.07 points per game for the Bears. Moore 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 Bears’ offensive game plan is the play of Donovan Clay who has hit 48.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 8.47 points per game.
So far this season, Missouri State has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.5 points per game (46th). This strong figure has come despite the Bears playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.4% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Missouri State’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.4%
Heading into today’s matchup vs Missouri State, the Belmont Bruins will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 10-6. Currently, the Bruins have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. The Bruins’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Belmont has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 6-4.
Ben Sheppard comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 18.12 points per contest. Not only has Sheppard been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Belmont’s top rebounder at 4.94 boards per contest. Behind Sheppard, the team has benefited from the strong play of Drew Friberg, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.25 points per game. Overall, he has hit 50.0% of his shots and is adding 3.75 boards per game.
Belmont comes into today’s matchup vs Missouri State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.5 points per game. Through 16 games, they have hit 48.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bruins have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 357th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Missouri State Bears +1.5
Heading into this matchup between the Belmont Bruins and Missouri State Bears we have a strong lean on taking the points with Missouri State at +1.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Missouri State to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Missouri State Bears at +1.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.