Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders visit Belmont Bruins in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Belmont Bruins Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Middle Tennessee when they take on the Belmont Bruins on Thursday in college hoops betting action.
The Blue Raiders will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 3-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Bruins are 1-4 ATS. Middle Tennessee is 2-2 on the totals; Belmont is 2-1.
The Bruins were listed as 3-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:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 29-rated Bruins and the No. 68-ranked Blue Raiders, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 83-80 result in favor of the Bruins.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Belmont's No. 33 nationally ranked offense (78.4 points per game) against a Blue Raiders defense that sits as the No. 88 at 61.4 PPG. The Bruins have been averaging 48.4% from the field, more than the Blue Raiders have managed so far this season (45.2% on average).
Defensively, Middle Tennessee features the nation's No. 84-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.4 points per game. Belmont, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 nationally in scoring at home.
Middle Tennessee was a 65-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Mississippi. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Middle Tennessee got 14 points from Marcos Knight en route to a 65-62 victory over Mississippi on Saturday at Murphy Center.
Last time out for Belmont, they were a 100-66 winner as they battled Lipscomb at home. The battle between the Bruins and Bison didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Lipscomb was handed a 100-66 defeat on Tuesday at Curb Event Center.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Tennessee State are 5-5
After playing Mississippi are 1-0
After a win are 6-4
Belmont Bruins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Kansas are 0-1
After playing Lipscomb are 9-1
After a win are 7-3
A few Blue Raiders at Bruins trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Belmont
Belmont is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Belmont is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games
Belmont is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Middle Tennessee
Belmont is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee home to Tennessee State, Tuesday, December 18
Belmont at Kansas, Saturday, December 15