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Purdue vs West Virginia Pick & Preview: Thursday, November 24th Betting Odds

Boilermakers vs Mountaineers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Purdue Boilermakers at West Virginia Mountaineers
  • Where: Portland at Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • Date: Thursday, November 24th
  • Betting Odds: Purdue -1, PUR -118 | WVIR -105 O/U 136.5

Boilermakers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs West Virginia, the Purdue Boilermakers will be taking the floor for the 4th time this season and have an overall record of 3-0. This will be the team’s first game on the road. Last season, the Boilermakers put together an above .500 record away from home, going 7-5. So far, the Boilermakers have been favored 3 times, going 3-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Purdue as -1 point favorites.

Zach Edey comes into today’s game as the Boilermakers’ leading scorer at 20.67 points per contest. Not only has Edey been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Purdue’s top rebounder at 13.67 boards per contest. Behind Edey, the team has benefited from the strong play of Braden Smith who is second on the team in scoring at 10.67 points per game. Overall, he has hit 50.0% of his shots and is adding 3.0 boards per game.

Through 3 games, Purdue has been playing well on offense, averaging 79.8 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Boilermakers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 39.1% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.74 made 3’s per contest.

Mountaineers Preview:

The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to maintain their perfect record in today’s game vs Purdue, as they currently have a mark of 4-0. So far this season, West Virginia has played 3 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-0. When looking at the betting lines, West Virginia will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +1 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 2-15 as the betting underdog.

West Virginia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Erik Stevenson who is averaging 14.0 points per game for the Mountaineers. Stevenson 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 Mountaineers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tre Mitchell who has hit 65.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.25 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for West Virginia this season, as they are currently ranked 289th in college basketball at 68.5 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 Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 333rd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers +1

After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Purdue Boilermakers as the favorites to win. Not only do the West Virginia Mountaineers have a mediocre record vs the spread at home of late 4-6, but Purdue also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -1 in favor of the Boilermakers is too high and there is good value on grabbing West Virginia vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Purdue Boilermakers as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing West Virginia taking the points.

 


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