Belmont Bruins (5-0) vs Samford Tigers (7-1)Date : 11/29/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Alabama
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Belmont Bruins vs Samford Tigers
The Belmont Bruins will travel to Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Alabama, too battle the Sanford Bulldogs on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Bruins are coming into this game undefeated while getting it done on both ends of the court in 2018 as their last victory came over the Kennesaw State Fighting Owls as they picked up the 91-53 road win. Their leading scorer in Dillon Windler along with Kelvin McLean led the team with 14 points each as the Bruins had six players score in double figures for the game.
The Sanford Bulldogs are also coming into the game on a high and winning two straight games with their last win coming due to a 77-60 home win over the South Carolina State Bulldogs as they Shot 53% from the floor while nailing 7 of 18 and 3 point attempts on the night.
Belmont Bruins's Latest Performance :
Belmont has had a wonderful year on the offensive end as they have scored 87 or more points in each of their contest for 2018. They are led in scoring by Dylan Windler has he puts in 17 points per outing, yet struggled versus Kennesaw State in the last outing for the Bruins as he ended with 14 points while going 5-13 from the floor on the night. Nonetheless, the Bruins shot over 50% from the field while allowing the Fighting Owls to shoot only 31%.
Furthermore, the Bruins also dished the ball throughout the night as they racked up 15 assists while outrebounding the Fighting Owls by a of 51-34 the night. And while the defense is allowing opponents to score a tad under 70 points per game, Belmont is only allowing teams to shoot 39% on the floor on a nightly basis. Most importantly, they will certainly find a challenge versus a team in Sanford that is shooting 49% from the field in 2018.
Samford Tigers's Latest Performance :
The offense for the Sanford Bulldogs have not been overly stellar in 2017, however, the defense has fit the bill as they are currently allowing opponents to score an average of 60 points per game this year. In fact, teams have only been able to reach the 70-point mark versus the Bulldogs in only two of their eight games on the season. What that being said, the offense for Samford has struggled all year long and are putting up 74 points per game led in scoring, rebounding, along with assists by Ruben Guerrero, who averages 14 points per game along with eight rebounds on 64% shooting on the year.
He finished Sanford’s match up with South Carolina State going 5-8 from the floor while having 11 points on the night and seven rebounds. Nonetheless, with the Bulldogs possessing a balanced attack, Brandon Austin along with Robert Allen chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively, in the win. In all, the offense for Sanford will need to kick things into high gear in which to keep pace with a team in Belmont that is averaging 95 points per game on 54% shooting from the field.
How Belmont Bruins & Samford Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Belmont is 4 – 0 ATS while the OYU is 3 – 1
Sanford is 7 – 0 ATS while the OU is 1 – 5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this contest to be a challenge for both defenses as they will be attempting to slow down offenses that have certainly been known to light things up in 2018. Of course, both Belmont and Sanford will be looking to push the pace early in this matchup in which the gain some type of advantage on the offensive end. With that being said, look for the teams to really benefit from this type of philosophy as they will consistently put points on the board early and often in this match up.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Belmont Bruins
My reason for the pick :
The Bulldogs will certainly do their best in which to keep this game close, however, I feel that if the Bruins have the much better team at this point in the season and will illustrate this, from an offensive standpoint, in this matchup on Thursday night. As stated, the Bruins have not scored less than 87 points in a game this season and while the defense for the Bulldogs remain solid thus far, they will certainly find their fair share of issues in defending Belmont in this matchup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
And while I do believe that the Bruins will certainly put some points on the board in this matchup, expect under to be the strong play as the Samford is ranked 58th in the nation in points allowed per game with 64 / game. With that being said, look for the Bulldogs to remain in the game until late, as this will entail the Bruins hitting critical baskets in which to seal the victory. Nonetheless, the under will definitely be the result of this exciting contest.
Betting trends for Belmont Bruins:
- Over is 8-2 in Bruins last 10 overall.
Bruins are 15-4 ATS in their last 19 Thu. games.
Betting trends for Samford Tigers:
- Over is 22-4 in Bulldogs last 26 Thu. games.
Over is 9-3 in Bulldogs last 12 home games.
Bulldogs are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 Thu. games