Betting on today’s Leathernecks and Beacons game? Catch the action at Athletics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, IN, as the Beacons hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Beacons as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 139.5 points.
WESTERN ILLINOIS LEATHERNECKS VS VALPARAISO BEACONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Valparaiso Beacons -2.5
This game will be played at Athletics-Recreation Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, November 21st.
WHY BET THE VALPARAISO BEACONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-66 in favor of the Beacons.
- Not only will Valparaiso pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Will Western Illinois Find a Way to Win on the Road?
The Leathernecks come into today’s game with a record of 0-2, having lost to SMU (90-53). In their last ten road games, which includes last year, Western Illinois went 3-7. Western Illinois has a current against the spread record of 0-2 heading into today’s game. In their last three games dating back to last year, they are 1-1 vs. the spread with an average scoring margin of -2.
Western Illinois comes in with an over/under record of 1-1-0 through two games, with their games averaging a combined 144.5 points per game so far. In the Leathernecks’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 72 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 2-2.
In their recent matchup, the Western Illinois offense ended with 53 points against SMU. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 30.9% and made 6 threes. In terms of offense, the Leathernecks have a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, putting them 313rd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 283rd in percentage and 215th in three-pointers made.
So far, the Leathernecks’ defense is ranked 150th in the country at 76.8 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.5 threes per game vs. Valparaiso. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 20.5%.
Will the Beacons Win at Athletics-Recreation Center?
Valparaiso enters their 4th game of the season with a 1-2 overall record. In their previous ten home games, including last year, Valparaiso has a 2-8 record at home. Valparaiso’s current record against the spread stands at 1-2 heading into today’s game. In their previous three matchups, the team has gone 1-1 vs. the spread with an average scoring differential of +4.
So far, Valparaiso’s games have averaged 132 points per game with the average over/under line being 140.2 points. Over the course of the last five games, the Beacons’ games have averaged 69 points per game, along with an over/under record of 1-3.
In their latest game, Valparaiso offense put up 64 points against Illinois. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 30% and made 5 threes. The top scorer for the Beacons was Isaiah Stafford with 30 points, while Cooper Schwieger also chipped in with 12 points.
At present, the Beacons’ defense is nationally ranked 78th, allowing 68.2 points per game. Valparaiso’s three-point defense is currently 17th in the country at 4.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 45.6% of their shots vs. Valparaiso.