Western Michigan Oakland Betting Preview
Oakland Grizzlies vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Oakland Grizzlies at University Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.
This season, the Broncos are 5-1 overall and 3-1 ATS ATS, while the Grizzlies are 2-5 and 2-3 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Western Michigan boasts a 0-0 on the OU, and Oakland is 0-1.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Western Michigan sat as 2.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 190-rated Oakland taking on the No. 115-rated Broncos in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 79-61 win for the Broncos on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Michigan's No. 205-ranked offense, averaging 66.8 PPG, against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 311 at 75.4 PPG. The Broncos field goal percentage has averaged 43.4% so far, more than the Grizzlies marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.1% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Oakland owns the country's No. 272-rated mark, allowing 77.7 points per game on the highway. Western Michigan, on the other hand, rates No. 228 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Oakland, they were a 77-50 loser as they battled Tennessee on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 11-point underdog. Oakland was run off the court by the Volunteers on Monday as Tennessee routed them 77-50 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Western Michigan was a 54-53 winner in its last match at home against High Point. Brandon Pokley scored 12 points leading the Broncos to a 54-53 victory over High Point at University Arena on Thursday.
Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Michigan are 2-3
After a win are 5-5
A few Grizzlies at Broncos trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oakland home to Rochester College, Thursday, December 6
Western Michigan at Michigan, Tuesday, December 4