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Stephen F. Austin vs Furman Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 17th Betting Odds
Lumberjacks vs Paladins Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Furman Paladins
- Where: Greenville at Bon Secours Wellness Arena
- Date: Saturday, December 17th
- Betting Odds: Stephen F. Austin +6.5, SFAUS +219 | FURMAN -278 O/U 147.5
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks will be looking to pick up their 11th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. On the road, the Lumberjacks will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 3-2. So far, the Lumberjacks have been the underdog 4 times, going 3-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.
Sadaidriene Hall comes into today’s game as the Lumberjacks’ leading scorer at 13.3 points per contest. Not only has Hall been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Stephen F. Austin’s top rebounder at 6.1 boards per contest. Behind Hall, the team has benefited from the strong play of Nigel Hawkins who is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.2% of his shots and is adding 3.7 boards per game.
On offense, Stephen F. Austin is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.7 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 10 games, they have only hit 33.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 30.95% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Furman heads into this matchup having played 11 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-4. So far this season, Furman has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Paladins as the -6.5 point favorites. The Paladins have been favored 7 times, going 5-2 straight up.
Furman’s leading scorer this season is Mike Bothwell who is averaging 19.73 points per contest. So far, Bothwell has accounted for 24.22% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.82 rebounds per game and 4.36 assists. Jalen Slawson is the second leading scorer for the Paladins, averaging 14.64 points per game. Between him and Slawson, they are accounting for 42.2% of the team’s scoring.
Through 11 games, Furman has been playing well on offense, averaging 77.6 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Paladins’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.0% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 11.79 made 3’s per contest.
Free Spread Prediction: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks +6.5
Our betting model for this contest between the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the Furman Paladins has identified Stephen F. Austin at +6.5 as today’s best bet. Although the Lumberjacks are the betting underdogs, we like how they have been performing vs the spread at away. Over the school’s last 10 road games, they have a record of 7-2-1 vs the spread. Although Furman has shot well from behind the arc this season, look for the Lumberjacks’ defense to put the clamps down with their 3-point defense. Our recommendation is to jump on Stephen F. Austin to cover as +6.5 point road underdogs.