The Redhawks and Leathernecks are set to face off at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The Leathernecks will host the game at Western Hall in Macomb, IL. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 144 points, and the Leathernecks are favored to win at home against the Redhawks.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE REDHAWKS VS WESTERN ILLINOIS LEATHERNECKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Southeast Missouri State Redhawks +7.5

This game will be played at Western Hall at 8:30 ET on Thursday, January 4th.

WHY BET THE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE REDHAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-71 in favor of the Leathernecks.
  • Even though we have Western Illinois winning straight-up, we like Southeast Missouri State at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Taking a Look at the Redhawks Chances in Macomb

Southeast Missouri State comes into their game versus Western Illinois with a 5-9 record. So far this season, all of the Redhawks’ games have been on the road. Currently sitting at 1-9 against the spread, Southeast Missouri State has a sub-.500 ATS record. However, in their last five games, the team has gone 2-2 vs. the spread.

In 14 games, Southeast Missouri State comes in with an over/under mark of 5-5-0, with their games averaging 145.1 points per game. In their most recent three games, the Redhawks’ over/under record is 3-0, with their games averaging 159 points per game.

In their most recent game, the Southeast Missouri State offense concluded with only 64 points against Morehead State. Throughout the game, they made 4/13 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 39.6%. The top scorer for the Redhawks was Aquan Smart with 17 points, while Rob Martin also added 14 to the scoreboard.

At present, the Redhawks’ defense is nationally ranked 238th, allowing 76.4 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Southeast Missouri State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 27.9% this season.

Does Western Illinois Have What it Takes at Home?

Western Illinois currently has a record of 8-6 after playing 14 games. In their last three home games, including those from last year, Western Illinois has a record of 2-1. As of now, Western Illinois holds a 5-5 ATS record as they prepare to face Southeast Missouri State. Within that record, the team has gone 4-4 vs. the spread on the road, while going 1-1 at home.

So far, Western Illinois’ games have averaged 138.4 points per game with the average over/under line being 140.6 points. The Leathernecks’ have recorded an over/under record of 1-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 138 points per game.

Western Illinois finished with 78 points in their game against SIUE. This total surpasses their season-average of 72.4 points per game. The team’s top scorer is James Dent Jr., who enters today’s matchup with an average of 14.5, while Ryan Myers also carries a PPG average of 12.9 into the game.

Western Illinois’ defense has been playing well, ranking 83rd nationally, with 67.3 points allowed per game. In their previous game vs. SIUE, the Cougars finished with a field goal percentage of 47% and a total of 70 points vs. Western Illinois.