Planning on watching today’s Owls and Blazers game? Catch the action at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL, as the Blazers hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN2. Florida Atlantic come into this American Athletic conference matchup as the -4.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 156 points.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS VS UAB BLAZERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UAB Blazers +4.5
This game will be played at Bartow Arena at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.
WHY BET THE UAB BLAZERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Blazers.
- Not only will UAB pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 156 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Can Florida Atlantic Deliver Being Favored on the Road?
Florida Atlantic has been dominant at home this season, going 11-1 with an average scoring margin of +15.8 points per game. They have won 10 straight games at home, and they are 16-4 this season when favored.
On the road, the Owls have gone 7-3, and they are currently on a three-game win streak away from home. Over their last 10 road games, they are 7-3.
Florida Atlantic has an ATS record of 11-11 this season and they are 9-11 vs. the spread when favored. On the road, the Owls’ ATS mark is 4-6 this year and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are just 2-8 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record in Florida Atlantic games sits at 12-10. The average scoring total in their games this year is 155 points, which is similar to their average over/under line of 149.6. Today’s over/under line of 156 is right in line with that average OU line, and through their first 22 games, 11 of their matchups have finished with more points than 156.
Florida Atlantic’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 102 points against Tulsa. They had an overall field goal percentage of 53.3% and made 28/32 free throws. On the offensive front, the Owls have a season-long field goal percentage of 48%, ranking 44th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 78th in terms of percentage and 52nd in three-pointers made.
Currently, the Owls’ defense holds the 160th rank in the nation, allowing 71.6 points per game. The Florida Atlantic defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 70 points and allowed Tulsa to connect on 10 threes.
Will the UAB Defense Show Up at Home?
UAB enters tonight’s game against Florida Atlantic as the underdog, as they are getting 4.5 points. So far this season, they have been the underdog in eight games, going 4-4 in those matchups.
At home, the Blazers have been playing well, as they have won six straight games at Bartow Arena. On the season, they are 9-3 at home, and over their last 10 games in Birmingham, they have gone 8-2.
As the underdog, UAB has been a profitable team against the spread this season, going 7-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Blazers have an impressive ATS record of 8-2. At home this season, UAB has an ATS mark of 6-5-1 and over their last 10 home games, they are 5-3-1 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for UAB is 12-8 and today’s line of 156 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (149.3). Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 161 points.
Coming off their recent game, the UAB offense tallied 69 points in a matchup against SMU. Their field goal percentage for the game was 48.2%, and they made 6 threes. Eric Gaines is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 12.2 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Yaxel Lendenborg brings a PPG average of 12.1 into the game.
Currently, the Blazers’ defense holds the 252nd rank in the nation, allowing 75.7 points per game. In their previous game vs. SMU, the Mustangs finished with a field goal percentage of 43% and a total of 72 points vs. UAB.