Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Dolphins and Boilermakers. The game is starting at 6:30 ET on BTN, and it’s hosted by the Boilermakers at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 148.5 points, with the Boilermakers being the favored team playing at home against the Dolphins.
JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS VS PURDUE BOILERMAKERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Jacksonville Dolphins +30.5
This game will be played at Mackey Arena at 6:30 ET on Thursday, December 21st.
WHY BET THE JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Boilermakers.
- Even though we have Purdue winning straight-up, we like Jacksonville at +30.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Will Jacksonville Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?
In their 13th game of the season, Jacksonville will face Purdue today. The Dolphins come into the game with an 8-4 record. On the road, Jacksonville is 2-4, while they are a perfect 3-0 at home this year. At the moment, Jacksonville has a sub-.500 ATS record of 4-5. Specifically, the Dolphins are 2-4 vs. the spread in away games and 2-1 when playing at home.
Up to this point, games involving Jacksonville have had an average of 150.9 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 138.3 points. Their over/under record is 7-2-0. When analyzing the Dolphins’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 151 points per game and an over/under record of 4-0.
Jacksonville’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 85 points vs. South Carolina State. Overall, they hit 49.1% of their shots from the field and went 26/36 from the free-throw line. Robert McCray is leading the team in scoring at 16.9 points per contest. Marcus Niblack has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.8 going into the game.
So far, the Dolphins’ defense is ranked 139th in the country at 70.1 points per contest. In their previous game vs. South Carolina State, the Bulldogs finished with a field goal percentage of 44% and a total of 86 points vs. Jacksonville.
Pressure Builds for Purdue as Home Favorites
Heading into their 12th game of the season, Purdue brings a 10-1 record. In their last ten home games, which includes games from last year, Purdue has a 9-1 record. Purdue has a winning record against the spread, sitting at 4-2-2. In home games, Purdue is 3-1-1 vs. the spread this season and 6-3-1 in their last ten home games.
In 11 games, Purdue comes in with an over/under mark of 6-2-0, with their games averaging 151.8 points per game. The Boilermakers have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 170 points per game and an over/under record of 4-1.
Purdue’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 88 points against Northwestern. They had an overall field goal percentage of 43.3% and made 31/41 free throws. For the season, the Purdue offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 49%. So far, they have hit 54% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8.5 made three’s per contest.
The Boilermakers’ defense is presently ranked 146th nationally, allowing an average of 70.5 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Purdue’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.3% this season.