Elon Phoenix (2-1) vs Cal Riverside Highlanders (1-3)Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 11:00 pm EST
Location : UCR Recreation Facility, Riverside, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Elon Phoenix vs Cal Riverside Highlanders
The Elon Phoenix will travel to UCR Recreation Facility in Riverside, California, to battle the Cal Riverside Highlanders on Friday night at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Elon Phoenix, after a blowout loss versus the North Carolina Tar Heels in their last timeout, picked up a much-needed 98-71 home win versus the Buffaloes of Milligan. In this outing, The Phoenix scored 60 points in the first half while cruising to a blowout victory as all five starters scored in double figures led by Tyler Seibring with 21 points on the night along with six rebounds and four assists. Seibring was also 5 of 7 from 3-point range for the night.
On the other hand, the Highlanders of Cal Riverside halted a three-game losing streak by picking up a 63-53 home win over the UC Merced Bobcats as Dikembe Martin along with Jordan Gillum led the offensive attack with 13 points each with both having six rebounds a piece.
Elon Phoenix 's Latest Performance :
Elon has excelled in two of their three games in 2018 as each of their wins were blowout victories. It is no surprise that those two wins came again subpar competition in which the Phoenix won each buy an average of 16.5 points. Nonetheless, they ran into a North Carolina Tar Heel team before their matchup with the Milligan Buffaloes and were exposed greatly on both sides of the ball. In their matchup with the Buffaloes, they did all they could in which two shore up those vulnerabilities in shooting 48% for the night while allowing the Buffaloes to shoot only 40% from the field along with 29% from 3 point range. Elon outrebounded the Buffaloes as well by a margin of 46 – 32 for the game while the Phoenix also had 25 assists compared to only 12 for mulligan.
In all, the win was a total team effort for Elon as they will certainly look to carry this momentum into this matchup versus Cal Riverside. However, it will be important for Elon to understand that things will certainly not come easy as the Highlanders are only allowing 67 points per game to their opponents for the year.
Cal Riverside Highlanders's Latest Performance :
Cal Riverside has had a rough go of it thus far in the 2018 season as they have certainly struggled on the offensive side of things in averaging only 59 points per game on 42% shooting. Nonetheless, the Highlanders shook off their offensive woes, temporarily, versus the UC Merced Bobcats in their last outing as they shot 50% from the field while also making 7 – 21 attempts from 3-point range. The Highlanders also outrebounded the Bobcats by a 40-19 margin en route to a much-needed victory, their second in three games.
The defense for the Highlanders is allowing teams to score 67 points per game on 45% shooting and has done their best in keeping their team in games in 2018; However, with a struggling offense as that of Cal Riverside, they have simply received no help at all throughout this young season on the offensive end. With that being the case, the Highlanders will look to come out of their funk versus an Elon Phoenix team that is allowing 81 points per game this year on defense.
How Elon Phoenix & Cal Riverside Highlanders Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Elon is 1 – 1 ATS while the OU is 1 – 1
Cal Riverside is 1 – 1 – 1 ATS while the OU is 0-3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be a litmus test for both teams as Elon will look to continue to get better on both sides of the ball with every outing while Cal Riverside seeks to build from the momentum of their last win while continuing to obtain confidence moving forward as well. Again, both teams have had trouble out the starting gate in 2018, however, look for them to really hit their stride, offensively, in this game as they will be matched up against two shaky defenses that, for lack of a better word, stinks.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Elon Phoenix
My reason for the pick :
I will look for the Phoenix come up with some critical baskets toward the end of the game in which to pick up a much-needed win in this contest versus a struggling Cal Riverside Highlanders team on the road. And while the Highlanders have had their struggles on offense, as stated, look for them to play a much better game in this matchup on Friday night as they will keep this contest tight throughout. Nonetheless, the Phoenix will pull out a slim victory in the end as they possess the more reliable offense thus far in this young season.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the under in this contest and that It has been to play in six of the last nine games for Elon while also being the result in six of the last nine games for Cal Riverside as well. Again, while Elon certainly has the much better offense, they will be matched up versus a Highlander defense that is not stellar, however, has learned how to play better defense as a team due to their sever lack of offense.
Betting trends for Elon Phoenix :
- The Phoenix are 1 – 8 ATS in last nine games
- The over is 3-1 in Phoenix last 4 games
Betting trends for Cal Riverside Highlanders:
- The Highlanders are 4-2-1 ATS in last 7 games
- The under is 4-0 in Highlanders last five games