Planning on watching today’s Matadors and Roadrunners game? Catch the action at Icardo Center in Bakersfield, CA, as the Roadrunners hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. CSUN come into this Big West conference matchup as the -1 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 143 points.

CSUN MATADORS VS BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Bakersfield Roadrunners +1

This game will be played at Icardo Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

WHY BET THE BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-72 in favor of the Roadrunners.
  • Not only will Bakersfield pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Will CSUN Come Through as Road Favorites?

CSUN heads into tonight’s game against Bakersfield as the slight one-point favorite. On the road, the Matadors have gone 7-6 this season, and their average scoring margin is -1.2 points per game.

Overall, CSUN has gone 16-9 this season, and they are currently riding a three-game winning streak. In Big West play, the Matadors are 7-6, and they have gone 9-3 in non-conference games.

CSUN has been solid against the spread this season, going 17-6 overall and 10-3 on the road. As the favorite, the Matadors are 8-3 vs. the spread this year and 7-3 in their last 10 games as the favorite. In their last three road games, CSUN is 2-1 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 143 is right in line with the average over/under line in CSUN’s games this season (148.8). Currently, their over/under record is 10-12-1. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points, which is in line with their season average of 148.8 points per game. So far, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 143.

CSUN’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 82 points against UC Santa Barbara. They had an overall field goal percentage of 54.4% and made 14/18 free throws. For the season, the CSUN 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 51% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 4.9 made three’s per contest.

Coming into today’s game, the CSUN defense is giving up an average of 72.8 points per contest. So far, the CSUN defense is giving up an average of 7.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 14.3 times per game (703rd).

Will the Roadrunners Make it Happen at Home?

After winning their last game against Cal State Fullerton, Bakersfield is 10-14 overall and 5-8 in Big West games. They have been much better at home this season, going 6-3 compared to 2-11 on the road. Over their last ten home games, the Roadrunners are 7-3.

So far this season, Bakersfield has been the underdog in 18 of their 24 games, going 4-14 in those contests. As the underdog, they have lost their last two games and are 4-0 when favored. The Roadrunners are 4-1 in their last five home games and have gone 4-0 when favored this season.

As the underdog this season, Bakersfield has gone 9-9 against the spread. At home, their ATS mark is just 4-5 for the year and they are 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three home games.

Today’s over/under line of 143 is higher than the average over/under line in Bakersfield’s games this season (135.9). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Bakersfield offense tallied 73 points in a matchup against Cal State Fullerton. Their field goal percentage for the game was 46.4%, and they made 6 threes. Leading Bakersfield in scoring vs. Cal State Fullerton was Kaleb Higgins with his 13 points. Modestas Kancleris also added 13 points for the Roadrunners.

The Roadrunners’ defense is presently ranked 97th nationally, allowing an average of 69.0 points per contest. The Bakersfield defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 71 points and allowed Cal State Fullerton to connect on 6 threes.