Planning on watching today’s Penguins and Vikings game? Catch the action at Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH, as the Vikings hosts this showdown at 3:00 ET on ESPN+. Youngstown State is favored by -3.5 in this Horizon League conference contest against Cleveland State. The game’s over/under currently sits at 152.5 points.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE PENGUINS VS CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cleveland State Vikings +3.5

This game will be played at Wolstein Center at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 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 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Penguins Win on the Road?

So far this season, Youngstown State has been a much better team at home than on the road. Their home record is 9-1, compared to their road record of 6-6. They have also been the favorite in 15 of their 27 games, going 13-2 in those contests.

Over their last three games on the road, the Penguins have gone 2-1. For the season, their average scoring margin on the road is +3.8. In their last game, they beat Robert Morris 87-77.

As the favorite, Youngstown State has gone 9-6 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Penguins have posted a 6-4 ATS mark. On the road, YSU has an ATS record of 7-5 this year and they are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games.

Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is similar to the average over/under line in Youngstown State games this season (150.1). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 171 points.

Youngstown State’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 87 points against Robert Morris. They had an overall field goal percentage of 39.7% and made 21/28 free throws. Ziggy Reid is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.7 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, DJ Burns brings a PPG average of 13 into the game.

At this time, the Penguins’ defense is positioned 138th in the country, permitting 70.8 points per game. Against Robert Morris in their most recent game, the Youngstown State defense gave up a total of 77 points while allowing Robert Morris to hit 39% of their shots.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Underdog Cleveland State?

Today, Cleveland State will be the underdog at home against Youngstown State (+3.5). The Vikings have gone 10-2 at home this season, and they have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games at home. They are 3-8 this season when they are the underdog.

So far this season, Cleveland State has gone 15-11, including a 8-7 record in Horizon League play. In their last game, the Vikings lost to Milwaukee by a score of 71-68. For the season, they have a scoring differential of +6.3 points per game at home.

As the underdog, Cleveland State has an ATS record of 6-5 this season. At home, they have an ATS mark of 6-6. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Vikings are 5-5 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS record is 4-6 in their last 10 contests.

So far this season, the over/under record for Cleveland State games is 12-13. The average scoring total in their games is 150.6 points, which is higher than the average over/under line of 147.5. Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is higher than the average scoring total in their last three games (146) and their last five games (142). In their last 10 games, the over/under record is 5-5.

In their latest game, Cleveland State offense put up 68 points against Milwaukee. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 37.1% and made 7 threes. One area that the Cleveland State offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 126th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 44%.

At present, the Vikings’ defense is nationally ranked 210th, allowing 73.7 points per game. So far, the Cleveland State defense is giving up an average of 10.7 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.5 times per game (450th).