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Western Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds
Hilltoppers vs Blue Raiders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
- Where: Murfreesboro at Murphy Athletic Center
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds: Western Kentucky +5.5, WKENT +196 | MTNST -247 O/U 139.5
Western Kentucky will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Middle Tennessee in order to snap their current 3 game losing streak. So far, the Hilltoppers have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 3-2. For the season, Western Kentucky has been the underdog in 1 game, sitting with a mark of 1-0. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hilltoppers being +5.5 point underdogs.
Western Kentucky will be dealing with a key absence in this matchup vs Middle Tennessee, as their leading scorer, <__main__.PlayerInfoClass object at 0x7fbea718eca0> will be unavailable. The Hilltoppers’ will be looking to replace his 16.58 points per game, which accounts for 21.84% of the team’s scoring. Emmanuel Akot will need to take on a bigger role for the Hilltoppers’ offense, as he is 2nd on the team at 11.92 points per game. So far, Akot has connected on 43.7% of his field goal attempts.
Western Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Middle Tennessee, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.4 points per game. Through 12 games, they have hit 46.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Hilltoppers’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 345th in possessions per game.
Blue Raiders Preview:
Middle Tennessee will take the floor against the Hilltoppers with an overall record of 8-5. So far this season, Middle Tennessee has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Blue Raiders as the -5.5 point favorites. The Blue Raiders have been favored 7 times, going 5-2 straight up.
DeAndre Dishman comes into today’s game as the Blue Raiders’ leading scorer at 12.69 points per contest. Not only has Dishman been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Middle Tennessee’s top rebounder at 5.62 boards per contest. Behind Dishman, the team has benefited from the strong play of Eli Lawrence who is second on the team in scoring at 11.08 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.3% of his shots and is adding 3.46 boards per game.
On offense, Middle Tennessee 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 13 games, they have only hit 32.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 43.09% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +5.5
Heading into this matchup between the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers we have a strong lean on taking the points with Western Kentucky at +5.5. 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 Western Kentucky 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 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at +5.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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