The Chippewas and Zips are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Zips will host the game at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH. The over/under for this Mid-American conference contest is set at 133.5 points, with Akron being favored by -14.5 at home against Central Michigan.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS VS AKRON ZIPS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Central Michigan Chippewas +14.5

This game will be played at James A. Rhodes Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 6th.

WHY BET THE CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Zips.
  • Even though we have Akron winning straight-up, we like Central Michigan at +14.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Central Michigan Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

Central Michigan will look to continue its five-game winning streak when it takes on Akron as a 14.5-point underdog. The Chippewas are 13-9 overall, including an 8-2 mark in Mid-American Conference play. On the road, Central Michigan is 6-7 this season.

Most recently, the Chippewas defeated Bowling Green, 77-76. Over their last 10 road games, they are 5-5, and they have won four of their last five on the road. For the season, Central Michigan has been an underdog in 14 of its 22 games, going 7-7 as the underdog.

Central Michigan has an overall ATS record of 12-9 this season. On the road, they are 6-7 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Chippewas have gone 7-7 ATS this year. Over their last 3 road games, CMU is 2-1 vs. the spread and they are 3-0 ATS in their last 3 games as the underdog.

Today’s over/under line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Central Michigan games this year (142.3). This season, 20 of their games have finished with a higher point total than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is at 143 points per game compared to their season average of 139 points per game.

Central Michigan is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 77 points versus Bowling Green. This output is higher than their season-average of 68 points per game. For the season, the Central Michigan offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 309th in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 43%.

In terms of defense, Central Michigan is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.7 points per game. Against Bowling Green in their most recent game, the Central Michigan defense gave up a total of 76 points while allowing Bowling Green to hit 32% of their shots.

Will Akron Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

At home this season, Akron has gone 8-1, and over their last ten home games, they are 9-1. Their average scoring margin at home is +10.4. So far, they have been favored in 14 of their 22 games, going 13-1 as the favorite. They are 17-5 overall, and they come into this game on a two-game win streak.

Akron’s most recent game was a 77-70 win over Toledo. Over their last five games at home, they are a perfect 5-0, and over their last three games at home, they are 3-0. So far, their record in the Mid-American Conference is 9-1, and their record in non-conference games is 8-4.

As the favorite this season, the Zips are 8-6 vs. the spread, and their ATS record at home is 6-3. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Akron is 6-4.

This season, the over/under record for Akron is 8-12 and today’s line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (141.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points, and in their last 10 games, their over/under record is 3-7.

The Akron offense is coming off a game where they scored 77 points against Toledo. They posted a field goal percentage of 48.1% and connected on 8 threes. For the season, the Akron offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 46%. So far, they have hit 55% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8.7 made three’s per contest.

So far this season, the Akron defense has been performing well, ranking 33rd in the country at 65.0 points allowed per contest. So far, the Akron defense is giving up an average of 6.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.7 times per game (460th).