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Cleveland State Vikings vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Preview

Illinois-Chicago FlamesCleveland State Vikings
Jan 7, 6:00 PM | Wolstein Center

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Cleveland State Vikings Odds


Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Monday when the Cleveland State Vikings try to run the Illinois-Chicago Flames off the court at Wolstein Center in college hoops action.

Cleveland State will face the 10-4 Flames, who own a 9-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Vikings are 3-3-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Flames are 3-5-1 favoring the OVER.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Cleveland State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Vikings were listed as 2.5-point underdogs 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:
This game puts the Vikings, most recently No. 286 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Flames, who rate No. 58 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 71-61 victory for the Flames.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland State's No. 201-ranked offense, averaging 66.6 PPG, against a Flames defense that ranks No. 22 at 57.3 PPG. The Vikings field goal percentage has averaged 43.5% so far, more than the Flames marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.4% per game.

Defensively, Illinois-Chicago features the nation's No. 48-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.4 points per game. Cleveland State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 121 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Illinois-Chicago was a 65-60 winner at home against Youngstown State. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Illinois-Chicago earned a 65-60 victory over Youngstown State on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Gary Talton at UIC Pavilion.

In their last action, Cleveland State was a 74-50 loser on the road against Valparaiso. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as underdogs. Cleveland State was run off the court by the Crusaders on Friday as Valparaiso routed them 74-50 at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Valparaiso are 4-6
After playing Youngstown State are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Wright State are 7-3
After playing Valparaiso are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Flames at Vikings trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland State
Illinois-Chicago is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland State
Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland State's last 5 games when playing at home against Illinois-Chicago
Cleveland State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Valparaiso, Wednesday, January 9
Cleveland State at Wright State, Wednesday, January 9