Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Wildcats and Lancers. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Lancers at Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler Events Center in Riverside, CA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Western Athletic conference contest is set at 142.5 points, with the Lancers being the favored team playing at home against the Wildcats.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS VS CALIFORNIA BAPTIST LANCERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Abilene Christian Wildcats +6
This game will be played at Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler Events Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.
WHY BET THE ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-71 in favor of the Lancers.
- Even though we have California Baptist winning straight-up, we like Abilene Christian at +6.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.
Can the Wildcats Offense Score Enough in Riverside?
Abilene Christian enters this game as a 6-point underdog, and they have gone 3-6 as the underdog this season. They are also on a three-game losing streak and have gone 0-3 on the road during that stretch. For the season, the Wildcats are 3-5 on the road, and their average scoring margin is -4.0 points per game.
So far, Abilene Christian is 6-9 overall, and they are still looking for their first win in Western Athletic Conference play, as they are 0-3 in conference games. In their most recent game, the Wildcats lost to Grand Canyon by a score of 74-64.
Abilene Christian has been a solid bet against the spread this season, going 7-5. Their road ATS mark is even better, as they are 6-2 away from home. Over their last three road games, the Wildcats are a perfect 3-0 vs. the spread.
Abilene Christian’s over/under record is 8-3-1 this season, and the average over/under line in their games is 144.4. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average scoring average of 147.8 points per game in their contests this year. So far, nine of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.
Coming off their recent game, the Abilene Christian offense tallied 64 points in a matchup against Grand Canyon. Their field goal percentage for the game was 40.7%, and they made 2 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Ali Abdou Dibba, who is averaging 15.9 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Hunter-Jack Madden also maintains a PPG average of 12 heading into game.
Looking at the Abilene Christian defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 76.7 points per game (273rd). In today’s game, the Abilene Christian defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 74 points.
Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored California Baptist?
California Baptist has been a much better team at home this season, as they have gone 5-3 compared to 2-4 on the road. They are currently on a two-game winning streak at home and have gone 7-3 in their last ten games at home.
So far this season, the Lancers have been favored in nine of their 16 games, going 6-3 in those matchups. They are coming off a 77-63 win over Tarleton State.
California Baptist’s ATS record this year is 5-9. When favored, the Lancers are 3-6 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 4-6 ATS.
So far this season, the over/under record for California Baptist games is 6-8. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (137). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 118 points compared to their season average of 132.8 points per game. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2.
In their latest game, California Baptist offense put up 77 points against Tarleton State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 47.6% and made 6 threes. The team’s top scorer is Dominique Daniels Jr., who enters today’s matchup with an average of 17.6, while Blondeau Tchoukuiegno also carries a PPG average of 10.2 into the game.
Coming into today’s game, the California Baptist defense is giving up an average of 64.2 points per contest. California Baptist’s three-point defense is currently 8th in the country at 4.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.3% of their shots vs. California Baptist.