Last Updated: 2017-12-07
The Elon Phoenix (6-3) will travel to Greensboro Coliseum to meet the UNCG Spartans (5-3). The Phoenix opened as 4.5-point underdogs. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 141.5 points and it starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Elon Phoenix at UNCG Spartans ATS Odds
Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Spartans barely escaped the Liberty Flames 76-75, while the Phoenix defeated the Saint Peter’s Peacocks 71-65.
Elon played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.281 (above their season average of 0.165) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.414 (below their season average of 0.544). For those same stats, Saint Peter’s was 0.133 and 0.367, respectively. Meanwhile, UNCG dominated nearly every facet of their game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.4 (below their season average of 37.6) and a turnover percentage of 15.8 (better than their season average of 19.2). Liberty was 19.0 and 21.5, respectively, for those same stats. Francis Alonso had a good game for UNCG, putting up 36 points. Elon rallied around Tyler Seibring, who finished with 23 points and seven rebounds.
UNCG may have trouble getting to the foul line in this matchup. Dating back to last season, the Spartans rank 310th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.206, while Elon ranks fourth in FTA rate allowed (0.163). Additionally, the Phoenix rank 46th in turnover percentage (16.6 percent), while the Spartans rank 46th in opponents’ turnover percentage (21.7 percent).
Games involving the Phoenix have a tendency to go over the total (83.3 percent). Elon has a solid 6-3 straight up (SU) record, but they have difficulty covering the spread (1-5 against the spread (ATS)).
Coinciding with Elon, games featuring the Spartans also tend to go over the total (66.7 percent). Additionally, UNCG owns records of 5-3 SU and 3-0 ATS.
Elon Phoenix at UNCG Spartans Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Elon, ATS Winner – Elon, O/U – Under
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Betting Notes (2016-Present):
UNCG ranks 26th in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while Elon ranks 271st (38.0).
The Spartans rank 95th in blocks per game (3.8) while the Phoenix rank 244th (2.3).
Elon ranks 42nd in assists allowed per game (11.4) while UNCG ranks 67th (11.8).
The Spartans average 24.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 69th in the nation. The Phoenix rank 297th in three pointers allowed per game (26.0).
UNCG ranks 45th in steals per game (7.4) while Elon ranks 256th (5.0).