Old Dominion Monarchs (7-3) vs Syracuse Orange (7-2)Date : 12/15/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
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Old Dominion Monarchs vs Syracuse Orange
The Old Dominion Monarchs will travel to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, to face the Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Orange are coming into this game on a high after they rallied to beat the Georgetown Hoyas at home in their last outing while also winning five straight games overall.
On the other hand, Old Dominion also comes into this game winners of five straight games as they picked up a home win over the Fairfield Stags by a 79-69 score as BJ Stith led the team with 28 points along with 14 rebounds as he went 10-18 from the floor in the much-needed victory for Old Dominion.
Old Dominion Monarchs's Latest Performance :
The leading scorer for the Old Dominion Monarchs in Ahmad Carver only scored 12 points for the night versus the Fairfield Stags as he went 3-13 from the floor. Nonetheless, Carver pulled down six rebounds along with 12 assists in the win as the Monarchs shot 46% from the field while nailing 6 of 15 3-point attempts on the night as BJ Stith took up the scoring slack while putting up 28 points on the night in going 10-16 from the floor while also collecting 14 rebounds, in the meantime. Furthermore, the Monarchs were able to get to the free throw line twice as many times as the Stags while also shooting 70% in this area en route to the much-needed victory.
The defense for Old Dominion certainly lived up to its billing as they allowed only 35% shooting on the night for Fairfield despite allowing the Stags to make 12 three-pointers during the contest as Landon Taliferro caught fire in going 6-15 from long range on the night; Yet, the Monarchs were able to neutralize the offense for the Stags, in general, throughout the matchup. The Monarchs will certainly look forward to the task that awaits them at the Carrier Dome versus a Syracuse Orange team that is certainly on a roll at this point in the season. The Monarchs come into this matchup with tons of momentum in confidence as well as they are winners of 7 of their last 10 outings, overall.
Syracuse Orange's Latest Performance :
After a dismal first-half for Syracuse versus the Georgetown Hoyas in the last matchup, the Orange came out with a vengeance in the second half in outscoring the visitors by a 50-36 margin as Tyus Battle led the team with 28 points along with five rebounds as he went 8-18 from the field on the night for a Syracuse team that shot, as a whole, only 43% from the floor. Elijah Hughes along with O’shae Brissett scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, while combining for 15 rebounds in the win for the Orange as well.
The defense was as solid as ever as they locked down a high-scoring Georgetown team in allowing them to shoot only 39% on the night in addition to just 30% from three-point range as Jessie Govan along with Matthew McClung scored 22 and 18 points in a losing cause for the Hoyas. Look for Syracuse to continue their defensive momentum versus and Old Dominion team that has struggled on the offensive end of the floor in 2018, yet, possess one of the most efficient defenses in the nation as teams are only averaging 56 points on 35% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis.
How Old Dominion Monarchs & Syracuse Orange Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Old Dominion is 6 – 4 ATS while the OU is 3 – 6
Syracuse is 4 – 5 ATS while the OU is 3 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Syracuse Orange will look to somehow make some offensive progress versus a team in Old Dominion that has not allowed over 53 points in three of their last four games, total. On the other hand, look for an Old Dominion team that has struggled on the offensive end throughout the year in shooting just 40% from the floor, to somehow maintain some type of consistency versus a Syracuse defense that is just as potent as they rank in the top 30 within the nation in allowing only 62 points per game on 38% shooting.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Syracuse Orange
My reason for the pick :
While both defenses will certainly take center stage in this matchup on Saturday afternoon amongst these two teams, I happen to believe that the Orange will somehow sneak out yet another slim victory over yet another solid team in the Old Dominion Monarchs. Aa stated, the offense for Syracuse has struggle throughout the year, nonetheless, has made some critical baskets down the stretch in more than a few games in 2018. With that being the case, look for their offense to show up at just the right time as Battle and company will show and prove, yet again, that they are indeed a team to be reckoned with.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will certainly choose the under in this contest as you will have two solid defenses squaring off against offenses that are averaging 40% or less shooting from the field per night, as stated. In all, the under is indeed the strong play in this matchup as it has been the play in the last 5 games for Syracuse while being the result in six of the last eight games for Old Dominion, overall.
Betting trends for Old Dominion Monarchs:
- The Monarchs are 4-1 ATS in last 5 games
- The under is 4-2 in Monarchs last six games
Betting trends for Syracuse Orange:
- The Orange are 3 – 5 ATS in last 8 games
- The under is 5-0 in Orange last 5 games