Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Mastodons versus the Vikings? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH. The over/under for this Horizon League conference contest is set at 157.5 points, with the Vikings being the favored team playing at home against the Mastodons.

PURDUE FORT WAYNE MASTODONS VS CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cleveland State Vikings -3.5

This game will be played at Wolstein Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-67 in favor of the Vikings.
  • Not only will Cleveland State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can the Mastodons Offense Score Enough in Cleveland?

Despite being the underdog, Purdue Fort Wayne has been the favorite in 12 of their 19 games this season. Their record as the underdog is 2-3, while their overall record is 13-6. They have lost their last four games, including their most recent matchup against IUPUI, 85-79.

On the road, the Mastodons have gone 4-4 this season, and they are currently on a three-game losing streak away from home. For the year, their average scoring margin on the road is +1.6 points per game, and they are 5-5 in their last 10 road games.

As the underdog, Purdue Fort Wayne has gone 2-2-1 vs. the spread this season. On the road, the Mastodons are 4-3-1 vs. the spread and have gone 0-2-1 in their last three road games. Overall, Purdue Fort Wayne has an ATS mark of 9-7-1 this year.

This season, the over/under record for Purdue Fort Wayne is 11-6. So far, their games have averaged 155.4 points compared to an average over/under line of 150.7, resulting in an average margin of 4.7 points. Today’s over/under line is 157.5. This year, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

Coming off their recent game, the Purdue Fort Wayne offense tallied 79 points in a matchup against IUPUI. Their field goal percentage for the game was 46.7%, and they made 7 threes. Jalen Jackson led the team in scoring, putting up 22 points. Additionally, Rasheed Bello contributed 19 points for the Mastodons.

On defense, Purdue Fort Wayne is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.6 points per game. So far, the Purdue Fort Wayne defense is giving up an average of 8.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.7 times per game (383rd).

Will the Vikings Find a Way to Win at Home?

After dropping two straight games, Cleveland State will look to get back on track against Purdue Fort Wayne. The Vikings are 11-8 overall this season, including a perfect 8-0 record at home. They have won their last eight games at home and are 9-1 in their last 10.

On the other hand, the Mastodons have lost three straight games on the road and are 2-8 away from home this season. Cleveland State has been the favorite in 10 of its 19 games, going 8-2 in those contests.

As the favorite this year, Cleveland State has gone 4-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Vikings have a mark of 4-6. At home, their ATS record is 5-3 for the season and 6-3 over their last 10 home games.

This season, the over/under record for Cleveland State games is 10-8 and the average scoring total in their games is 150.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 157.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year (145.3). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 163 points.

The Cleveland State offense is coming off a game where they scored 71 points against Green Bay. They posted a field goal percentage of 46% and connected on 4 threes. In terms of offense, the Vikings have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 262nd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 104th in percentage and 201st in three-pointers made.

Cleveland State’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 72.9 points per game. In today’s game vs. Purdue Fort Wayne, the Cleveland State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Cleveland State made 23 free-throws vs. the Vikings.