The No. 23 Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-3) will be at home in United Supermarkets Arena when they go head-to-head with the Bakersfield Roadrunners (6-8). Action gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 29, 2019.
Bakersfield Roadrunners at Texas Tech Red Raiders ATS Preview
The last time the Roadrunners played, they easily got past the Cal Poly Mustangs, 72-50. Taze Moore was the top scorer from either team with 13 points on 3-for-8 shooting. The Roadrunners had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 51.6 (above their season average of 38.5) and held the Mustangs to an effective field goal percentage of 0.394 (below their season average of 0.485).
The Red Raiders come in on a high note after beating the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros in their last game, 68-58. With 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Jahmi’us Ramsey was Texas Tech’s high scorer. The Red Raiders made 20 of their 27 free throws (74.1 percent) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.490 vs. 0.437).
The aggressive Texas Tech offense looks poised to dominate from the charity stripe. The Red Raiders rank 16th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.297, while Bakersfield ranks 339th in FTA rate allowed (0.313). Also, the Roadrunners, who rank sixth in offensive rebounding percentage (39.3 percent), will battle against the Red Raiders, who rank 15th in defensive rebounding percentage (78.1 percent).
Bakersfield vs. Texas Tech Free Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Over
The Roadrunners rank 10th in rebounds allowed per game (29.4) while the Red Raiders rank 62nd (32.6).
Bakersfield is 25th in the country with 2.3 blocks allowed per game while Texas Tech is 34th with 2.5 blocks allowed per game.
Texas Tech ranks eighth in assists per game (17.5) while Bakersfield ranks 137th (12.6).
The Red Raiders rank 165th in three pointers attempted per game (20.8) while the Roadrunners rank 255th (15.9).
Bakersfield ranks 40th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Texas Tech ranks 93rd (6.5).
The Red Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.4, down from 12.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 68.6 points per game (4.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.0 points per game (0.6 below their season average).