Planning on watching today’s Buccaneers and Paladins game? Catch the action at Timmons Arena in Greenview, SC, as the Paladins hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 154.5 points, and the Paladins are the home favorites against the Buccaneers in a Southern conference matchup.

EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS VS FURMAN PALADINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: East Tennessee State Buccaneers +7.5

This game will be played at Timmons Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.

WHY BET THE EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Paladins.
  • Even though we have Furman winning straight-up, we like East Tennessee State at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Can East Tennessee State Pull Off A Win at Timmons Arena?

East Tennessee State comes into this game as the underdog, as they have gone 3-6 in their nine games as the underdog this season. They are also 2-6 on the road this season, compared to 5-1 at home.

East Tennessee State has lost two straight games, including an 80-66 loss to Western Carolina in their most recent game. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone just 2-8.

As the underdog this season, East Tennessee State has gone 5-4 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Buccaneers have an ATS mark of 6-4. On the road, ETSU has an ATS record of 4-4 this year and they are 5-5 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for East Tennessee State is 8-6. Their games have averaged 140.1 points compared to an average over/under line of 140, resulting in an average margin of 0.1 points. So far, 12 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line of 154.5. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 139 points.

Against Western Carolina, the East Tennessee State had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 71.2 points per game. They scored 66 points and posted a field goal percentage of 37.5% in the game. On offense, East Tennessee State has been struggling with their efficiency, coming into today’s game with a field goal percentgage of 39%. So far, they are 83rd in free-throws made on a free throw shooting percentage of 72%.

The Buccaneers’ defense is presently ranked 105th nationally, allowing an average of 68.7 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, East Tennessee State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.3% this season.

Can the Paladins Grab a Win at Home?

After starting the season 0-7 on the road, Furman has turned things around at home, going 5-1. The Paladins have won three straight games at home and are 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.

Furman’s average scoring margin at home this season is +10.3 compared to -9.7 on the road. The Paladins are 5-1 this season when favored, and they are favored by 7.5 points against East Tennessee State.

As the favorite this season, Furman’s ATS record is currently 3-3. Over their last three games as the favorite, the Paladins are 2-1 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Furman games is 8-5. The average scoring total in their games is 162.2 points, and today’s over/under line is set at 154.5. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2, and the average scoring total in those games is 142 points.

Furman’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 82 points against Citadel. They had an overall field goal percentage of 55% and made 3/8 free throws. Leading the team in scoring was Alex Williams with 26 points. Garrett Hien also added 11 points for the Paladins.

Facing East Tennessee State, Furman aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 78.9 points allowed per game (301st). So far, the Furman defense is giving up an average of 7.4 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.6 times per game (669th).