The Racers and Redbirds are set to face off at 3:00 ET on ESPN+. The Redbirds will host the game at CEFCU Arena in Normal, IL. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 139.5 points, and the Redbirds are favored to win at home against the Racers.

MURRAY STATE RACERS VS ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Illinois State Redbirds -1.5

This game will be played at CEFCU Arena at 3:00 ET on Sunday, December 3rd.

WHY BET THE ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Redbirds.
  • Not only will Illinois State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Racers Have What it Takes on the Road?

As of today’s game, Murray State has a 3-3 overall record. In their last three road games, including those from last year, Murray State has a road record of 0-3. Murray State has a sub-.500 ATS record at 2-3. In their previous five games, the team is 2-3 vs. the spread.

After six games, Murray State has an over/under record of 4-1-0, with their games averaging a combined 151.2 points per game so far. Looking at the Racers’ last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 with their games averaging 146 points per game.

Murray State’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 79 points vs. Bradley. Overall, they hit 52.9% of their shots from the field and went 20/26 from the free-throw line. The team’s top scorer is Rob Perry, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 16.2, while Jacobi Wood also maintains a PPG average of 15.3 leading up to the game.

At this time, the Racers’ defense is positioned 147th in the country, permitting 73.0 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.8 threes per game vs. Illinois State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.6%.

Is It the Redbirds Game to Lose at Home?

Illinois State comes into this game with a 4-3 record, playing their 8th game of the season. In their previous ten home games, including last year, Illinois State has gone 7-3. Illinois State’s performance against the spread heading into today’s game stands at 2-4. Within that record, they have gone 1-3 vs. the spread on the road and 1-1 at home.

Looking at their over/under performance through seven games, Illinois State has an over/under record of 2-4-0, with their games averaging 132.7 points per game on average. The Redbirds’ last five games have culminated with an average of 129 points per game and an over/under record of 1-4.

In their most recent game, the Redbirds’ offense tallied 69 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 66.6 points per game. One area that the Illinois State offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 79th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 40%.

So far, the Redbirds’ defense is ranked 58th in the country at 65.9 points per contest. In their previous game vs. UIC, the Flames finished with a field goal percentage of 40% and a total of 64 points vs. Illinois State.