Looking to win big? The Mocs and Bears face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bears are hosting the game at Hawkins Arena in Macon, GA. The Mocs come into this Southern conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 138.5 points.

CHATTANOOGA MOCS VS MERCER BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Mercer Bears +2.5

This game will be played at Hawkins Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.

WHY BET THE MERCER BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bears.
  • Not only will Mercer pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Does Chattanooga Have a Shot at a Road Win?

Chattanooga is favored by 2.5 points on the road against Mercer. The Mocs have gone 10-7 overall this season, including a 2-5 record on the road. So far, they have gone 7-3 when favored.

In their last game, the Mocs lost 70-54 to UNCG. Over their last 10 games, they have gone 4-6 on the road, and their average scoring margin for the season sits at -6.7 points per game on the road.

Chattanooga’s ATS record this season is currently 6-9, and they have gone 5-5 vs. the spread when favored.

On the season, the over/under record for Chattanooga games is 8-7. Today’s over/under line of 138.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (149.4). So far, 14 of their games have had a higher over/under line than 138.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average of 141 points scored compared to their season average of 149.6 points per game.

In their most recent game, the Chattanooga offense put up just 54 points vs. the UNCG Spartans. Overall, they are now averaging 78.5 points per game which is 95th in the country. In terms of offense, the Mocs have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 168th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 193rd in percentage and 9th in three-pointers made.

On the defensive side, Chattanooga is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 70.9 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.4 threes per game vs. Mercer. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.0%.

Will the Bears Win at Hawkins Arena?

After losing their last game to Western Carolina by a score of 64-52, Mercer comes into this matchup with an overall record of 8-9. They have lost two games in a row and are just 1-3 in Southern Conference play compared to 7-6 in non-conference action.

At home, the Bears are 3-3 this season and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games. So far, they have been the underdog in eight of their 17 games, going 2-6 in those matchups.

As the underdog this season, Mercer has a record of 4-4 vs. the spread. Overall, the Bears have an ATS mark of 7-6-1 this year. At home, Mercer is 4-2 vs. the spread and their last 10 home ATS mark is 5-2. In their last three games as the underdog, the Bears have gone 1-2 vs. the spread.

Mercer’s over/under record for the season sits at 9-5 and today’s line of 138.5 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games (138.5). So far, 8 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line and in their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points.

Most recently, the Mercer offense finished with just 52 points vs. Western Carolina. For the game, they hit 7/14 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 31.7%. Jalyn McCreary is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 15.2. Meanwhile, Jake Davis also brings a PPG average of 9.5 into the game.

At this time, the Bears’ defense is positioned 121st in the country, permitting 70.3 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.7 threes per game vs. Chattanooga. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.5%.