The Owls and Eagles are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Eagles will host the game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, FL. In this non-conference matchup, the Owls are the betting favorite against the Eagles. The over/under for the game is 142.5 points.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS VS FLORIDA GULF COAST EAGLES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles +15.5
This game will be played at Alico Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE FLORIDA GULF COAST EAGLES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-66 in favor of the Eagles.
- Not only will Florida Gulf Coast pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +15.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Can the Owls Pull Off a Road Win?
Florida Atlantic has a 10-2 record overall after playing 12 games. In their last ten road games, including those from last year, Florida Atlantic has an 8-2 record. At the moment, Florida Atlantic has a winning record vs. the spread, sitting at 8-3. In their previous five games, they are 4-1 vs. the spread.
So far, Florida Atlantic’s games have averaged 151.5 points per game with the average over/under line being 147.9 points. The Owls’ have recorded an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 153 points per game.
Compared to their season average of 84.5 points per game, Florida Atlantic struggled in their previous game. Against St. Bonaventure, the Owls scored 64 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 41.1%. Johnell Davis was the leading scorer for the Owls, putting up 16 points. In addition, Vladislav Goldin contributed 11 points.
The Owls’ defense is presently ranked 128th nationally, allowing an average of 70.3 points per contest. In their previous game vs. St. Bonaventure, the Bonnies finished with a field goal percentage of 41% and a total of 54 points vs. Florida Atlantic.
Are the Eagles Ready for a Home Win?
Florida Gulf Coast comes into their 15th game of the season with a 5-9 overall record. In their last five home games, which includes last year, Florida Gulf Coast has gone 2-3 at home. Prior to today’s matchup, Florida Gulf Coast has a 3-8 ATS record. In their previous five games, the team is 1-2 vs. the spread.
After 14 games, Florida Gulf Coast has an over/under record of 4-7-0, with their games averaging a combined 138.1 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Eagles’ games have averaged 131 points per game, along with an over/under record of 1-2.
Most recently, the Florida Gulf Coast offense finished with just 53 points vs. Georgia Southern. For the game, they hit 5/16 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 38.9%. Dallion Johnson was the leading scorer for the Eagles, putting up 14 points. In addition, Keeshawn Kellman contributed 11 points.
On the defensive side, Florida Gulf Coast is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 72.1 points per game. Against Georgia Southern in their most recent game, the Florida Gulf Coast defense gave up a total of 42 points while allowing Georgia Southern to hit 30% of their shots.