Looking to win big? The Seahawks and Phoenix face off at 7:00 ET on FloH. The Phoenix are hosting the game at Schar Center in Elon, NC. The Seahawks come into this Coastal Athletic Association conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 150 points.
UNCW SEAHAWKS VS ELON PHOENIX BETTING PICK
The Pick: Elon Phoenix +8.5
This game will be played at Schar Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.
WHY BET THE ELON PHOENIX:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Phoenix.
- Not only will Elon pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +8.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 150 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Do the Seahawks Have What it Takes on the Road?
UNCW is 11-5 overall and 2-2 in Coastal Athletic Association games. On the road, the Seahawks are 5-4 this season and have a +1.3 average scoring margin. They have won two straight games and are 6-3 when favored.
In their most recent game, the Seahawks beat Delaware by a score of 79-74. Over their last 10 road games, they are 5-5, and their record on the road this year is 0-3.
UNCW has an ATS record of 5-8 this season and is 3-6 vs. the spread when favored. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Seahawks are 4-6 ATS. On the road, UNCW has an ATS mark of 4-5 this year and is 0-3 vs. the spread in their last three road games.
UNCW’s over/under record this season is 9-4 and the average over/under line in their games is 143.9. Today’s over/under line of 150 is higher than the average scoring total in their games this year of 148.2. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 135 points.
The Seahawks’ offense wrapped up their last game with 79 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 81.5 points per contest. One area that the UNCW offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 55th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 45%.
At this time, the Seahawks’ defense is positioned 172nd in the country, permitting 72.4 points per game. Against Delaware in their most recent game, the UNCW defense gave up a total of 74 points while allowing Delaware to hit 45% of their shots.
Will the Phoenix Exceed Expectations at Home?
Elon has struggled on the road this season, going just 2-8, compared to their 4-1 record at home. The Phoenix have lost six straight on the road and have a scoring differential of -9.1 points per game away from home.
As an underdog, Elon is 1-9 this season, and their overall record is 8-9. They have lost two straight games, including an 89-69 defeat to Drexel in their most recent contest.
Elon has been a tough team to bet on this season, as they are just 6-9 against the spread. Their home ATS mark is just 2-3, and they have gone just 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three home games. Overall, the Phoenix have gone 3-7 vs. the spread as the underdog this year, and they are just 1-4 vs. the spread as the underdog in their last five games.
Today’s over/under line of 150 is higher than the average over/under line in Elon’s games this year (147.4). On the season, the over/under record in their games is 9-5-1. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 145 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2.
Compared to their season average of 77.9 points per game, Elon struggled in their previous game. Against Drexel, the Phoenix scored 69 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 42.9%. Leading the team in scoring is Max Mackinnon, who is averaging 12.2 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Rob Higgins also maintains a PPG average of 11.9 heading into game.
As they prepare for the upcoming game, Elon is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 76.6 points per game (252nd). In their most recent game, the Elon defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Drexel knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 89 points.