Morehead State Eagles vs. Murray State Racers Free Prediction 01/03/19

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A seven-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the Murray State Racers (9-2) when they clash against the Morehead State Eagles (4-9) at CFSB Center. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Morehead State Eagles at Murray State Racers Betting Odds

Both teams dismantled their last opponent. The Racers defeated the Wright State Raiders 73-54, while the Eagles beat the Kentucky Christian Knights 102-82.

Morehead State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 58.3 and a turnover percentage of 13.1. For those same stats, Kentucky Christian had marks of 25.0 and 19.6, respectively. Meanwhile, Murray State played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.640. Wright State put up marks of 23.7 and 0.409, respectively, for those same stats. Ja Morant had a good game for Murray State, recording 26 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. Meanwhile, Morehead State rallied around Malek Green, who put up 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Racers won the only game between these two teams last year, 87-81. The Racers’ 42.3 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over the Eagles, who had a rate of 26.5. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

The Eagles’ Jordan Walker has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 0 points per game. Meanwhile, Morant has averaged 0 points during that same time frame for the Racers.

The high-octane offense of Murray State (24th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 115.0) will clash against the bottom-tier defense of Morehead State (295th in the nation with a defensive efficiency of 108.5). The Racers figure to have the advantage on that end of the court.

Morehead State vs. Murray State ATS Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Murray State, ATS Winner – Murray State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Murray State ranks 47th in three pointers allowed per game (18.6) while Morehead State ranks 212th (25.0).
  • The Racers rank 68th in blocks per game (5.6) while the Eagles rank 151st in blocks allowed per game (4.5).
  • Murray State ranks 41st in steals allowed per game (5.4) while Morehead State ranks 122nd (6.7).
  • The Racers rank 13th in assists allowed per game (9.4) while the Eagles rank 168th (14.5).
  • Murray State ranks 47th in rebounds allowed per game (34.5) while Morehead State ranks 192nd (37.3).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Racers have scored an average of 82.2 points per game (1.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 60.2 points per game (2.6 below their season average).
  • The Eagles’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 3.8 for the season.