Charlotte 49ers at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ATS Prediction 01/18/20

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The Charlotte 49ers (10-5, 4-0 CUSA) will be at E.A. Diddle Arena to square off with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (11-6, 4-1 CUSA) in a CUSA matchup. Action gets underway at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Charlotte 49ers at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Odds

Both teams edged out their last opponent. The Hilltoppers defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs 71-69, while the 49ers beat the Marshall Thundering Herd 77-75.

The 49ers had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.478 (above their season average of 0.291) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.598 (above their season average of 0.503). Meanwhile, Western Kentucky dominated nearly every facet of their game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.490 (above their season average of 0.281) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.480 (below their season average of 0.534). For those same stats, Old Dominion recorded marks of 0.167 and 0.439, respectively. Jared Savage led the way for Western Kentucky, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Amidou Bamba, meanwhile was a key piece for Charlotte with 16 points and six rebounds.

The Hilltoppers won the sole game between these two teams last season, 68-50. Western Kentucky had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (28.0 vs. 15.2). Charlotte, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (15.7 vs. 17.1). This is the first time these teams will clash this year.

It might be a tough game for Western Kentucky on the offensive glass. The Hilltoppers rank 279th in offensive rebounding percentage (24.9 percent), while Charlotte ranks 45th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.9 percent). Also, the 49ers rank ninth in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.303), while the Hilltoppers rank 23rd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.158).

Charlotte at Western Kentucky Free Pick

Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Western Kentucky, ATS Winner – Western Kentucky, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Western Kentucky ranks 26th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Charlotte ranks 180th (7.8).
  • The Hilltoppers rank 31st in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the 49ers rank 100th (3.5).
  • The 49ers rank 47th in rebounds allowed per game (32.4) while the Hilltoppers rank 175th (35.9).
  • Western Kentucky ranks 185th in three pointers attempted per game (20.7) while Charlotte ranks 261st (17.0).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Hilltoppers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.8, down from 5.5 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the 49ers have scored an average of 61.0 points per game (6.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 57.6 points per game (3.9 below their season average).