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Oakland vs Boise State Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 18th Betting Odds

Golden Grizzlies vs Broncos Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Boise State Broncos
  • Where: Boise at ExtraMile Arena
  • Date: Sunday, December 18th
  • Betting Odds: Oakland +20.5, OAK +1360 | BOISE -4166 O/U 141.5

Golden Grizzlies Preview:

Oakland will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Boise State in order to snap their current 6 game losing streak. On the road, the Golden Grizzlies will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 0-5. So far, the Golden Grizzlies have been the underdog 8 times, going 0-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +20.5 underdogs on the spread.

Oakland’s leading scorer this season is Trey Townsend who is averaging 17.27 points per contest. So far, Townsend has accounted for 23.11% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 7.55 rebounds per game and 1.73 assists. Keaton Hervey is the second leading scorer for the Golden Grizzlies, averaging 13.82 points per game. Between him and Hervey, they are accounting for 41.6% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Oakland 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 11 games, they have only hit 30.2% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.47% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Broncos Preview:

The Boise State Broncos head into today’s game in what will be their 12th game of the season, posting a record of 9-2. So far this season, Boise State has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Broncos as the -20.5 point favorites. The Broncos have been favored 5 times, going 3-2 straight up.

Boise State’s leading scorer this season is Tyson Degenhart who is averaging 13.09 points per contest. So far, Degenhart has accounted for 18.39% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.27 rebounds per game and 1.91 assists. Max Rice is the second leading scorer for the Broncos, averaging 12.45 points per game. Between him and Rice, they are accounting for 35.9% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Boise State this season, as they are currently ranked 279th in college basketball at 68.7 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 Broncos’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.8%, placing them 192nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Oakland Golden Grizzlies +20.5

When looking at the betting lines for this showdown between the Boise State Broncos and Oakland Golden Grizzlies, our analysis likes the value of taking Oakland to put up a fight as the 20.5 point underdogs. Pace of play should be a big factor in this matchup, as both sides prefer to grind the clock and make their opponents defend. With this game likely featuring a limited number of possessions, there will be less opportunity for Boise State to pull away and cover the spread as -20.5 point favorites. Despite Oakland sitting at just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as the underdog, for today’s game, we will be locking in the Golden Grizzlies at +20.5.