Planning on watching today’s Chippewas and Broncos game? Catch the action at University Arena (MI) in Kalamazoo, MI, as the Broncos hosts this showdown at 1:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Mid-American conference game currently have Western Michigan as the -3 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 145.5 points.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS VS WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Western Michigan Broncos -3

This game will be played at University Arena (MI) at 1:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Broncos.
  • Not only will Western Michigan pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Central Michigan Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

Central Michigan comes into this game with a record of 10-9, including a 5-2 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Chippewas have won two straight games and are 5-7 in non-conference action.

On the road this season, Central Michigan is 4-7, and they are 5-2 at home. Overall, they have been outscored by an average of 13.5 points per game on the road, compared to a +4.0 average scoring margin at home.

Central Michigan has been .500 against the spread this season, going 9-9. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-7. As the underdog, the Chippewas have gone 5-7 vs. the spread this year. In their last three road games, they have gone 2-1 ATS.

This season, the over/under record for Central Michigan games is 6-11-1. On average, their games have finished with 138.2 points compared to an average over/under line of 142.2, resulting in an average margin of -3.9 points. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 145.5. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 128 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 1-7-1.

In their latest game, Central Michigan offense put up 71 points against Miami (OH). They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 42.4% and made 3 threes. In terms of offense, the Chippewas have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 257th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 278th in percentage and 295th in three-pointers made.

On the defensive side, Central Michigan is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 72.1 points per game. In today’s game, the Central Michigan defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 3 three-pointers while giving up 55 points.

Will Western Michigan Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

Western Michigan has a record of 8-11 this season, including a 5-4 mark at home. They have won three straight games at home and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

So far, the Broncos have been the underdog in 15 of their 19 games, going 5-10 in those games. They are favored for the third time this season and are 2-1 in the previous games.

Western Michigan has been solid against the spread this season, going 12-6. They have an even 2-1 record vs. the spread when favored this year and are 6-3 ATS at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Broncos are 5-5 ATS. At home, their ATS mark is 6-3 this season and they are 3-0 ATS in their last 3 home games.

Western Michigan’s over/under record for the season sits at 10-8, and the average scoring total in their games is 147.4 points. Today’s over/under line of 145.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (143.6), and 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 7-2.

In their recent matchup, the Western Michigan offense ended with 73 points against Eastern Michigan. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 46.7% and made 8 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Seth Hubbard who comes into today’s matchup averaging 15.7. Jefferson Monegro also heads into the game with a PPG average of 9.5.

So far, the Broncos’ defense is ranked 239th in the country at 75.6 points per contest. Against Eastern Michigan in their most recent game, the Western Michigan defense gave up a total of 56 points while allowing Eastern Michigan to hit 46% of their shots.