Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0) vs DePaul Blue Demons (2-0)Date : 11/15/2018
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Penn State Nittany Lions vs DePaul Blue Demons
The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois, to take on the DePaul Blue Demons on Thursday night at 9 pm EST. The Nittany Lions are coming off their second straight win of the season as they remained undefeated with a 76-61 home win over Jacksonville state Gamecocks as they allowed less than 40% shooting from the field while also collecting 16 turnovers during the contest. Lamar Stephens led the Nittany Lions with 25 points and nine rebounds as he went nine of eighteen from the floor.
The DePaul Blue Demons picked up win number two with a 91-63 home win over Morgan State Bears as Max Strus led the way with 25 points along with nine rebounds while Eli Cain chipped in 21 for the night while hitting five three pointers. They will both look at this game as a true test to provide an indication of what they may need to work on moving forward.
Penn State Nittany Lions's Latest Performance :
Penn Sate won their second straight game as they picked up the 15-point home win over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Monday night. Lamar Stevens had 25 points along with 9 rebounds for the contest while reserve Rasir Bolton had 25 points as well in going four of 8 from three-point range. Penn State also stepped up their defensive pressure in this game as they collected 16 turnovers on the night while holding the Gamecocks to only 21% shooting from three-point range. Look for things to be much more difficult against a DePaul team that shoots 39% from long range thus far in the season while averaging 86 points per game.
DePaul Blue Demons's Latest Performance :
DePaul has had some great showings this year as they picked up victories averaging 25 points. With that being said, they dominated the Bears of Morgan Sate by outscoring them by 19 points in the first half of their last matchup while cruising to victory in the end. They also had a pair of 20-point scorers in the win with Strus along with Cain having 25 and 21 points, respectively.
For the game, they shot over 51% while hitting 12 of 28 three pointers, with Cain and Strus combining for 11 of 18 attempts for the night. Only the other hand, the Bears were only allowed to shoot 36% from the field in the game as the Blue Demons hope to continue this effort versus a Nittany Lions team that is averaging 82 points per game on 44% shooting from the floor.
How Penn State Nittany Lions & DePaul Blue Demons Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Penn State is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 1-1
DePaul is 2-0 ATS while the OU is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for Penn state to come out shooting in this contest as DePaul has locked down their opponents all season. Also, look for them to speed up the pace a bit to slow down the aggressiveness of the Blue Demon defense. On the other hand, look for DePaul to slow the game down while utilizing their scorers in Strus and Cain to keep them in the game. In all, this will be a highly competitive matchup with both teams having much incentive (and know how) to win.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Penn State Nittany Lions
My reason for the pick :
Look for Penn State to come out with the win in this contest as they are a bit more talented on the offensive end. And while their defense has not been as effective as that of the Blue Demons, on a statistical basis, look for Penn State to really make some headway in defending the shooters for the Blue Demons. In all, look for road team to battle for two halves to sneak out a slim victory at home in this matchup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
While both teams possess dangerous offenses, they also have decent defensive capabilities as the Lions are allowing 41% shooting per outing while the Blue Demons are allowing just 37%. With that being said, look for the teams to take some time in actually feeling each other out early on Thursday night, thus making the under the play in what will be an exciting matchup.
Betting trends for Penn State Nittany Lions:
- The Nittany Lions are 5-1 ATS in last six games
- The Under is 4-2 in Nittany Lions last six games
- The Blue Demons is 4-0-1 ATS in last five home games
Betting trends for DePaul Blue Demons:
- The Blue Demons are 5-1 ATS in last six games
- The under is 5-1 in Blue Demons last six games