A low-scoring game should be expected when the Akron Zips (4-2) and the Merrimack Warriors (5-3) square off at James A. Rhodes Arena. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 29, 2019.
Merrimack Warriors at Akron Zips ATS Preview
The Warriors were victorious over the Hartford Hawks in their last matchup, 62-58. Jaleel Lord was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Merrimack’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Hartford. The Warriors had a rate of 15.5 (worse than their season average of 14.4), while the Hawks posted a mark of 26.1 (above their season average of 17.2).
The last time the Zips took the court, they were beaten by the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals, 82-76. Loren Cristian Jackson was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Louisville did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (21-30; 70.0 percent). Akron, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (13.0 vs. 15.7).
The ineffective offense of Akron will battle against the elite defense of Merrimack. Since last season, the Zips rank 274th in offensive efficiency, while the Warriors are fourth in defensive efficiency. The Warriors figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Merrimack vs. Akron Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Merrimack, ATS Winner – Merrimack, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Warriors rank first in three pointers allowed per game (16.8) while the Zips rank 127th (21.6).
Akron ranks 46th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while Merrimack ranks 71st (2.9).
Merrimack ranks first in steals per game (11.4) while Akron ranks 240th (5.5).
The Zips rank 90th in rebounds per game (37.1) while the Warriors rank 320th (30.0).
Akron ranks eighth in assists allowed per game (10.0) while Merrimack ranks 221st (13.8).