The Roadrunners and Highlanders are set to face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Highlanders will host the game at SRC Arena in Riverside, CA. The odds for this Big West conference game currently have UC Riverside as the -5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 131.5 points.
BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS VS UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UC Riverside Highlanders -5
This game will be played at SRC Arena at 10:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.
WHY BET THE UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-66 in favor of the Highlanders.
- Not only will UC Riverside pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 131.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Will the Roadrunners Make it Happen on the Road?
Despite being the underdog, Bakersfield has been the underdog in 16 of their 22 games this season. They are 3-13 in those games, and they have lost their last two games. On the road, the Roadrunners are just 2-10 this season, and they have lost four of their last five games.
The Roadrunners have lost eight of their last 10 games on the road, and they are coming off a loss to UC Santa Barbara. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is -9.7 points per game.
As the underdog, Bakersfield has an ATS record of 7-9 this season and is 9-10 overall. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Roadrunners are 5-5 vs. the spread. On the road, Bakersfield has an ATS mark of 6-6 this year and is 2-1 in their last three road games vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for Bakersfield games is 11-8 and today’s over/under line of 131.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (136.1). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 134 points compared to their season average of 136 points per game.
Bakersfield offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 59 points against UC Santa Barbara. In that game, they made 3/14 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 41.8%. Kaleb Higgins led the scoring for the Roadrunners, contributing 19 points. Additionally, Corey Stephenson chipped in with 18 points.
Currently, the Roadrunners’ defense holds the 98th rank in the nation, allowing 69.1 points per game. Bakersfield’s three-point defense is currently 77th in the country at 6.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.4% of their shots vs. Bakersfield.
Will the Highlanders Live Up to Expectations at Home?
UC Riverside will look to snap their three-game losing streak when they take on Bakersfield as five-point favorites. The Highlanders have a record of 8-15 this season, including a mark of 7-3 at home.
So far, UC Riverside has been favored in eight games, going 6-2 in those matchups. In their last outing, the Highlanders lost to CSUN by a score of 76-70.
UC Riverside has an ATS record of 10-12 this season and they are 6-4 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Highlanders have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.
UC Riverside has an over/under record of 11-10-1 this season. The average point total in their games is 137.9, and today’s over/under line of 131.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (139). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points, and the team’s OU record over their last 10 games is 4-5-1.
In their recent matchup, the UC Riverside offense ended with 70 points against CSUN. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 28.9% and made 10 threes. Isaiah Moses is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 13.1. Meanwhile, Barrington Hargress also brings a PPG average of 11.6 into the game.
On the defensive side, UC Riverside is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.3 points per game. Against CSUN in their most recent game, the UC Riverside defense gave up a total of 76 points while allowing CSUN to hit 45% of their shots.