The Oakland Golden Grizzlies (6-8, 1-0 Hor) will try to put an end to the five-game winning streak of Wright State when they welcome the Raiders (12-3, 2-0 Hor) to Athletics Center Orena. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 3, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
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The Raiders beat the Milwaukee Panthers in their last matchup, 82-70. With 16 points and nine rebounds, Loudon Love played well for Wright State. The Raiders held the Panthers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.5 (below their season average of 30.4) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.634 (above their season average of 0.513).
In the Golden Grizzlies’ previous matchup, they defeated the Detroit Titans, 78-69. With 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting, Xavier Hill-Mais led Oakland in scoring. Oakland’s 0.588 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Detroit, who had a mark of 0.364. The Golden Grizzlies’ mark was above their season average of 0.460, while the Titans’ was below their season average of 0.443.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Raiders won both games played against each other last season. In the last contest, Wright State won 76-62. The Raiders played a nearly flawless game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 and a turnover percentage of 15.7. For those same stats, the Golden Grizzlies were 13.8 and 26.2, respectively.
Conflicting tempos will be on display in this contest. Wright State has preferred to play fast (36th in possessions per game), while Oakland has been more methodical (318th in possessions per game).
Wright State vs. Oakland Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Wright State, ATS Winner – Wright State, O/U – Over
The Raiders rank 18th in rebounds per game (41.3) while the Golden Grizzlies rank 130th in rebounds allowed per game (34.7).
Oakland ranks 28th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while Wright State ranks 45th (2.7).
Wright State ranks 17th in assists allowed per game (9.5) while Oakland ranks 183rd (14.1).
The Raiders average 22.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 132nd in the country. The Golden Grizzlies rank 269th in three pointers allowed per game (30.1).
Wright State ranks 43rd in steals allowed per game (5.6) while Oakland ranks 158th (7.6).
The Golden Grizzlies’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.2, up from 1.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Raiders have scored an average of 85.6 points per game (4.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.6 points per game (2.5 below their season average).