Looking to win big? The Blue Demons and Huskies face off at 6:30 ET on FS1. The Huskies are hosting the game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT. The odds for this Big East conference game currently have the Huskies as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 139 points.
DEPAUL BLUE DEMONS VS CONNECTICUT HUSKIES BETTING PICK
The Pick: DePaul Blue Demons +23.5
This game will be played at Gampel Pavilion at 6:30 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.
WHY BET THE DEPAUL BLUE DEMONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Huskies.
- Even though we have Connecticut winning straight-up, we like DePaul at +23.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Can the DePaul Offense Score Enough on the Road?
DePaul’s record improved to 3-9 after defeating Chicago State 70-58. In their last five road games, counting last year, DePaul has gone 1-4. Regarding their ATS record, DePaul has been performing below average at 3-8-1. Specifically, when playing away games, the Blue Demons have yet to cover the spread, sitting at 0-3, while at home, they are 3-5-1 vs. the spread.
So far, DePaul’s games have averaged 142.3 points per game with the average over/under line being 144.2 points. The Blue Demons’ last five games have finished with a combined 131 points per game and an over/under record of 1-4.
In their recent game, the Blue Demons’ offense concluded with 70 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 66.9 points per contest. On the offensive front, the Blue Demons have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 256th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 113rd in terms of percentage and 247th in three-pointers made.
The Blue Demons’ defense is presently ranked 224th nationally, allowing an average of 75.4 points per contest. Against Chicago State in their most recent game, the DePaul defense gave up a total of 58 points while allowing Chicago State to hit 56% of their shots.
Will Connecticut Come Through as Home Favorites?
Connecticut will be playing their 14th game of the season when they take on DePaul. So far, they have a record of 11-2. When playing away from home, the Huskies have gone 2-2, while they are undefeated at home with a record of 9-0. Connecticut has a winning ATS record, sitting above .500 at 7-6. Over their last five games, they are 3-2 vs. the spread.
Connecticut’s games have, on average, featured 147.2 points per game leading to an over/under record of 6-7-0. Their average over/under line is currently 147 points so far. The Huskies have an over/under record of 0-3 in their last three games, with their games averaging 135 points per game.
Compared to their season average of 83 points per game, Connecticut struggled in their previous game. Against St. John’s, the Huskies scored 69 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 42.9%. The team’s top scorer is Tristen Newton, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 16.2, while Cam Spencer also carries a PPG average of 14.8 into the game.
Connecticut’s defense has been playing well, ranking 39th nationally, with 64.2 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Connecticut’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.0% this season.