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March 5, 8:00 PM | UIC Pavilion

Cleveland State Vikings vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds

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The Illinois-Chicago Flames will try to pay off for their supporters on Tuesday when they play host to the Cleveland State Vikings at UIC Pavilion in NCAA basketball action.

It's a game in the Horizon Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68.

The Vikings will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 10-17 ATS against the number this season, while the Flames are 16-13 ATS. Cleveland State is 10-12-1 on the totals; Illinois-Chicago is 12-12-1.

View Cleveland State vs Illinois-Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Flames were listed as 6-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Flames - Vikings odds would favor the Flames if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois-Chicago is rated No. 166 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Cleveland State is at No. 314. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 64-60 win for the Flames.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois-Chicago's No. 293-ranked offense, averaging 62 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 240 at 69.2 PPG. The Flames field goal percentage has averaged 39.3% so far, less than the Vikings marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Defensively, Cleveland State features the nation's No. 299-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.1 points per game. Illinois-Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 293 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cleveland State was an 87-60 loser on the road against Loyola of Chicago. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Vikings were hammered by Loyola of Chicago on Saturday, losing by an 87-60 final at Joseph J. Gentile Center in college basketball betting action.

Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, a 79-67 result against Detroit on March 2. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog. Daniel Barnes scored 28 points for Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, but the Titans managed a 79-67 victory over the Flames at UIC Pavilion.

Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
After playing Loyola of Chicago are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 2-8
After playing Detroit are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few Vikings at Flames trends to consider:
Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois-Chicago
Cleveland State is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois-Chicago
Cleveland State is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Illinois-Chicago's last 13 games when playing Cleveland State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Illinois-Chicago's last 8 games
Illinois-Chicago is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland State

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