Oakland Grizzlies host Western Illinois Leathernecks in college basketball action
Western Illinois Leathernecks vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds
The visiting Western Illinois Leathernecks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Athletics Center against the Oakland Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies currently sports a 9-13 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 8-11 ATS. The Leathernecks are 16-4 and 11-4-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Grizzlies produce a 9-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Leathernecks have gone 6-7 against the number.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Leathernecks were listed as 4-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Grizzlies at No. 265 and the Leathernecks at No. 216 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 74-62 result in favor of the Leathernecks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 84-ranked offense, averaging 71.9 PPG, against a Leathernecks defense that ranks No. 4 at 51.4 PPG. The Grizzlies field goal percentage has averaged 43.1% so far, less than the Leathernecks marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.6% per game.
Defensively, Western Illinois features the nation's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 54.4 points per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Western Illinois was a 43-40 winner on the road against IUPU Fort Wayne. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Ceola Clark III scored 11 points leading the Leathernecks to a 43-40 victory over IUPU Fort Wayne at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday.
Oakland was an 89-71 winner in their most recent outing at home against IUPUI. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites. Travis Bader went off for 47 points and added 3 rebounds for good measure, leading Oakland to an 89-71 win over IUPUI on Thursday at Athletics Center.
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