Drake Bulldogs vs IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons Betting Matchup Report
IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Drake Bulldogs Odds
The visiting IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Knapp Center against the Drake Bulldogs.
Drake will face the 5-5 Mastodons, who own a 3-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 3-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Mastodons are 0-2 favoring the OVER.
The visitors opened as 12.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulldogs - Mastodons odds would favor the Bulldogs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Drake is rated No. 103 in the current Odds Shark poll, while IUPU Fort Wayne is at No. 114. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 75-72 win for the Mastodons.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Drake's No. 41-ranked offense, averaging 77.3 PPG, against a Mastodons defense that ranks No. 68 at 60 PPG. The Bulldogs field goal percentage has averaged 45.6% so far, more than the Mastodons marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.4% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, IUPU Fort Wayne owns the country's No. 55-rated mark, allowing 62 points per game on the highway. Drake, on the other hand, rates No. 79 in scoring at home.
Last time out for IUPU Fort Wayne, they were a 63-52 loser as they battled Valparaiso on the road. They covered in the match as a 15-point underdog. The Mastodons got 19 points from Frank Gaines, but it was Valparaiso that prevailed in a 63-52 final on Wednesday at Athletics-Recreation Center.
Drake lost its last outing, an 88-73 result against St. Mary's on December 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog. Jeremy Jeffers scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulldogs to a win (they lost 88-73 to St. Mary's at Knapp Center on Wednesday).
Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Iowa State are 9-1
After playing St. Mary's are 1-0
After a loss are 7-3
A few Mastodons at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Drake is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home
Drake is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
IUPU Fort Wayne at Notre Dame, Monday, December 17
Drake at Iowa State, Saturday, December 15