The Fort Wayne Mastodons (6-3) will travel to James A. Rhodes Arena to square off with the Akron Zips (3-2). The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Fort Wayne Mastodons at Akron Zips ATS Odds
In their last contest, the Zips lost big to the Marshall Thundering Herd, 86-64, while the Mastodons were victorious over the SIUE Cougars, 86-71.
Fort Wayne dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.295 (above their season average of 0.195) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 51.6 (above their season average of 31.9). SIUE recorded marks of 0.086 and 30.2, respectively, for those same stats. Akron, on the other hand, forced Marshall into a turnover percentage of 21.6 (above their season average of 14.7). Akron’s Daniel Utomi had a good outing, recording 15 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Fort Wayne was lifted by Bryson Scott, who put up 31 points and eight rebounds.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Akron should have a significant advantage. Dating back to last season, the Zips offense ranks 35th in that metric at 0.548, while the Fort Wayne defense ranks 244th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.516). It will also be a battle of conflicting paces as the up-and-down Mastodons rank 16th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Zips rank 277th.
Fort Wayne Mastodons vs. Akron Zips ATS Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Fort Wayne, ATS Winner – Fort Wayne, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
Akron ranks 17th in three pointers attempted per game (26.9) while Fort Wayne ranks 291st in three pointers allowed per game (24.9).
The Mastodons rank 14th in assists per game (17.2) while the Zips rank 123rd (14.1).
Akron is sixth in the nation with 2.1 blocks allowed per game while Fort Wayne is 24th with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
The Mastodons rank 29th in steals per game (7.8) while the Zips rank 208th (5.7).
Fort Wayne ranks 71st in rebounds per game (38.0) while Akron ranks 225th (34.6).