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Illinois-Chicago favored by 2.5 against Western Illinois on Tuesday

Illinois-Chicago FlamesWestern Illinois Leathernecks
Dec 18, 8:00 PM | Western Hall

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds

9-1TEAM RECORD7-3

The Western Illinois Leathernecks host Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday, looking to build on their 7-3 mark against the 9-1 Flames in college hoops action at Western Hall.

Western Illinois battles the Flames, currently sitting with a 9-1 mark (8-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-2 for the Leathernecks and 1-4 for the Flames.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Western Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Flames were listed as 2.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Leathernecks rated this week at No. 294 and the Flames sitting at No. 40. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 70-64 result in favor of the Flames.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Illinois has the nation's No. 321-rated offensive output, at 58.2 PPG. The visiting Flames defense ranks No. 6 allowing on average 51.6 PPG. The Leathernecks FG% has averaged 44.7% so far, more than the Flames marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.6% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois-Chicago owns the country's No. 12-rated mark, allowing 54.6 points per game on the highway. Western Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 292 in scoring at home.

Illinois-Chicago was a 74-48 winner in its last match at home against Eastern Michigan. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Flames and Eagles didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Eastern Michigan was handed a 74-48 defeat on Saturday at UIC Pavilion.

In their last action, Western Illinois was a 55-38 winner at home against SIU Edwardsville. They covered the 13.5-point spread as favorites. The Leathernecks grabbed a 55-38 win over the Cougars on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Adam Link at Western Hall.

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Miami (Ohio) are 0-1
After playing Eastern Michigan are 1-0
After a win are 7-3

A few Flames at Leathernecks trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago at Miami (Ohio), Saturday, December 22
Western Illinois home to Oakland, Thursday, December 27