Mercer Bears (1-1) vs Georgia State Panthers (1-1)Date : 11/13/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Mercer Bears vs Georgia State Panthers
The Mercer Bears will take to the road to face the Sun Belt’s Georgia Southern Panthers on Tuesday night at 7 pm EST at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Bears picked up their first win of the year on Friday night versus the Piedmont Lions as they allowed only 31% shooting from both the field and from the three-point arc for the night. On the other hand, the Bears shot over 50% in both areas to get the much-needed win. The Panthers picked up their first loss of the season in suffering an 81-74 road win versus the Montana Grizzlies on Friday night. After a tie after the first half, the Grizzlies grinded out a huge victory due to 22 points for Jamar Akoh who went seven of eight in field goals for the night while also having eight boards.
The last time these teams met was on March 17, 2012 as the Bears picked up the 64-59 home win as their shooting from three-point range was the catalyst (8 for 19) for the victory.
Mercer Bears's Latest Performance :
The Mercer Bears had no problems in disposing of the Piedmont Lions in their last outing as they scored fifty or more points in each half while allowing just 31% shooting both from the field and three-point range. On the other hand, the Bears shot 50% from both areas while also outrebounding the Lions by twenty boards in the win. Seven players scored in double figures for the Bears as reserve DJ Peavy had 16 to lead the team while Ross Cummings had 14 pints to finish the game.
Finally, the defense was also very active in collecting 20 turnovers for the game. The Bears evened their record at 1-1 after being beaten on the road in their first outing of the year by the Alabama Birmingham Blazers by a 75-67 score on November 6th to where they would put in a solid performance on defense in allowing the Blazers to shoot 39% from the field, however, they only shot 35% for the game while being outrebounded 41-26.
Georgia State Panthers's Latest Performance :
Georgia State moved to 1-1 on the season after suffering an 81-74 road loss to the Montana Grizzlies as they could not get things going on the offensive end. On the other hand, their defensive effort was lackluster as they allowed the Grizzlies to shoot 44% on the night as opposed to only shooting 38% from the field in the loss. Both teams shot awful from three-point range, however, the Panthers outrebounded the Grizzlies 42-35 for the game. DeMarcus Simonds led the Panthers with 30 points for the game while Kane Williams was the only other player in double figures for the Panthers with 17 points.
GSU will now return home where they picked up a 74-68 win over the Buccaneers of East Tennessee State on November 6th. In this game, the Panthers also struggled from the field yet put in a solid defensive effort as they held the Bucs to only 35% shooting on the night along with 17% shooting from three-point range.
How Mercer Bears & Georgia State Panthers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Mercer is 0-1 ATS while the OU is 0-0
Georgia State is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Bears will come into this game looking for a solid defensive effort on a struggling offense in Georgia State. On the other hand, Mercer has shown that they are certainly prone to have lapses on offense as well. It is for this reason that the Panthers will also be looking to step things up on the defensive end on Tuesday night. In all, look for this to be a low scoring and competitive affair to where struggling offenses will be facing off versus teams that have played well on the defensive side thus far in the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Georgia State Panthers
My reason for the pick :
While the Panthers are coming off a heartbreaking win, expect them to pull it together in this matchup in which to pick up a home victory. Mercer, much like the Panthers, have been up and down thus far, and will likely struggle in this matchup much like they did on the road in their opener versus UAB. With that being said, take the Panthers at home to get a hard-fought victory to go above .500 for the season.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the under to be the play in this contest in that you have two up and down offenses that will be squaring off versus defensive units that have really held it together early in the season. With that being said, I happen to believe that the Panthers, despite their last loss, will possess much of the momentum entering this contest. The under has been the play in the last five home games for Georgia State, which signifies that this will be a low scoring matchup to the end until the home team creates some opportunities late in which to pick up the win.
Betting trends for Mercer Bears:
- The Bears are 1-3 ATS in their last four games
- The Under is 4-2 in Bears last six games
Betting trends for Georgia State Panthers:
- The Under is 5-0 in Panthers last five games
- The Panthers are 4-2 ATS in their last six games