Both teams look to prolong their winning streaks as the North Florida Ospreys (18-10, 11-2 Asun) go head-to-head against the Liberty Flames (24-3, 10-2 Asun) at Vines Center. The Ospreys have won their last six games, while the Flames have won five games in a row. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
North Florida Ospreys vs. Liberty Flames ATS Preview
In the Ospreys’ last contest, they beat the North Alabama Lions, 80-67. Garrett Sams was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 8-for-15 shooting. North Florida dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.214 (above their season average of 0.208) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.607 (above their season average of 0.546). For those same stats, North Alabama had marks of 0.114 and 0.421, respectively.
The Flames come in on a high note after topping the NJIT Highlanders in their last game, 62-49. Liberty received a boost from Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz, who was the top scorer from either team with 14 points on 3-for-6 shooting. Liberty dominated every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 25.5) and a free throw rate of 0.236 (above their season average of 0.212). For those same stats, NJIT had marks of 9.1 and 0.122, respectively.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Ospreys won 71-70. The Ospreys dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 27.6 and a free throw rate of 0.212. The Flames were 20.0 and 0.179, respectively, for those same stats. In the victory, Ivan Gandia-Rosa led all scorers with 19 points.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Ospreys, it’s been Sams, who has averaged 18 points,1.2 steals, while the Flames have received great contributions from Caleb Homesley (17 points,5.8 rebounds,1.4 steals).
Liberty could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their productive offense faces off against one of the worst defenses in the nation. The Flames currently rank 17th in offensive efficiency, while North Florida ranks 286th in defensive efficiency.
North Florida vs. Liberty ATS Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Liberty, ATS Winner – Liberty, O/U – Under
The Flames rank first in blocks allowed per game (1.7) while the Ospreys rank 61st (2.9).
Liberty ranks 13th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while North Florida ranks 58th (5.7).
Liberty ranks first in assists allowed per game (7.9) while North Florida ranks 233rd (14.5).
The Flames rank fifth in rebounds allowed per game (29.3) while the Ospreys rank 205th (36.3).
North Florida ranks second in three pointers attempted per game (30.8) while Liberty ranks 190th (20.9).
The Flames’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 18.6, up from 15.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Ospreys have scored an average of 79.6 points per game (1.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 62.6 points per game (9.8 below their season average).