Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Lions versus the Panthers? Tip off is at at 4:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Lantz Arena in Charleston, IL. This Ohio Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 131.5 points, and Eastern Illinois is favored to win by -8 at home vs. Lindenwood.

LINDENWOOD LIONS VS EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers -8

This game will be played at Lantz Arena at 4:30 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 83-64 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Eastern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 131.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 147 points.

Can Lindenwood Pull Off A Win at Lantz Arena?

Today, the Lindenwood Lions will look to snap their four-game losing streak as they are 8-18 overall and 2-11 in the Ohio Valley Conference. So far, they have gone 4-10 on the road, and their average margin of defeat is -13.2.

As the underdog, Lindenwood has gone 4-16 this season, and they are 1-2 when favored. In their last game, they fell to SIUE by a score of 91-63, and their road record over the last 10 games is 3-7.

Against the spread, Lindenwood has gone 8-15 this season. On the road, the Lions are 6-8 vs. the spread, while they are just 2-7 at home. As the underdog, Lindenwood is 7-13 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Lions have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-5 over their last 10 games.

The over/under record for Lindenwood games this season is 9-14, and today’s line of 131.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (139.3). So far, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 129 points, which is lower than the average OU line of 131.5.

In their recent game, the Lions’ offense concluded with 63 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 65 points per contest. On the offensive front, the Lions have a season-long field goal percentage of 40%, ranking 378th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 406th in terms of percentage and 363rd in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Lions’ defense holds the 174th rank in the nation, allowing 72.2 points per game. Lindenwood’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the SIUE offense to knock down 48% of their shots on their way to putting up 91 points.

Can the Panthers Grab a Win at Home?

Eastern Illinois will look to improve upon their 4-6 record at home when they take on Lindenwood after their 75-57 win over Southeast Missouri State. So far this season, the Panthers have been favored in six games and have gone 5-1 in those matchups.

Through 26 games, Eastern Illinois has an overall record of 12-14 and a 6-7 mark in Ohio Valley Conference action. For the year, they have gone 6-7 in non-conference games, while their average scoring margin at home is -3.1 points per game.

Eastern Illinois has an ATS record of 11-10-1 this season and they are 4-2 vs. the spread when favored. At home, the Panthers have an ATS mark of just 3-7 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-4 ATS.

The over/under record for Eastern Illinois games this season is 5-15-2. Today’s over/under line of 131.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (138.2). So far, 10 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line.

Eastern Illinois finished with 75 points in their game against Southeast Missouri State. This total surpasses their season-average of 68.7 points per game. The team’s top scorer is Tiger Booker, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15.5, while Kyndall Davis also maintains a PPG average of 10 leading up to the game.

So far this season, the Eastern Illinois defense has been performing well, ranking 62nd in the country at 67.1 points allowed per contest. Eastern Illinois’ defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Southeast Missouri State offense to knock down 50% of their shots on their way to putting up 57 points.