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UAB vs FIU Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Blazers vs Golden Panthers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UAB Blazers at FIU Golden Panthers
  • Where: Miami at Ocean Bank Convocation Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: UAB -12.5, UAB -849 | FLINT +560 O/U 158.5

Blazers Preview:

The UAB Blazers head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 12-3. On the road, the Blazers will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 2-3. This season, UAB has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 11-1. For today’s contest, UAB has a betting line set -12.5 points in their favor.

UAB will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Walker who is averaging 24.79 points per game for the Blazers. Walker 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 Blazers’ offensive game plan is the play of Eric Gaines who has hit 43.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.73 points per game.

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Through 15 games, UAB has been playing well on offense, averaging 80.7 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Blazers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 37.9% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 7.97 made 3’s per contest.

Golden Panthers Preview:

FIU heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-7. Currently, the Golden Panthers have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. So far, the Golden Panthers have been the underdog 6 times, going 1-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +12.5 underdogs on the spread.

FIU will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Denver Jones who is averaging 18.42 points per game for the Golden Panthers. Jones 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 Golden Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Arturo Dean who has hit 49.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.07 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for FIU this season, as they are currently ranked 213th in college basketball at 70.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 180th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: UAB Blazers -12.5

The UAB Blazers will begin their matchup against FIU Golden Panthers as the strong favorites to win with a point spread of -12.5. Our analysis favors UAB’s chances to pull away with an easy win and cover the spread. When considering how each team prefers to play, both UAB and FIU are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario benefits UAB, as their superior talent should come through throughout the game in an easy win. Although the Blazers don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 1-4 (last 5), we like their chances to come away with the ATS win.

 


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