Liberty Flames vs. Austin Peay Governors ATS Prediction 12/22/18

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The Liberty Flames (10-3) square off with the Austin Peay Governors (7-4) in the St. Pete Shootout at McArthur Center. Action gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Liberty Flames vs. Austin Peay Governors Betting Odds

Both teams dismantled their last opponent. The Governors defeated the Oakland City Mighty Oaks 114-53, while the Flames beat the Maine-Fort Kent Bengals 89-40.

Liberty played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.368 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.5. Maine-Fort Kent had marks of 0.054 and 22.0, respectively, for those same stats. The Governors, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (10.7 vs. 25.8) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (48.5 vs. 21.4). Austin Peay’s Dayton Gumm had a solid performance, finishing with 11 points and 10 assists. Liberty, meanwhile, was lifted by Scottie James, who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Flames’ Scottie James has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 0 points per game. Meanwhile, Terry Taylor has averaged 0 points during that same time frame for the Governors.

Baskets could be hard to come by as a pair of the NCAA’s top defenses clash. Austin Peay currently ranks 40th in defensive efficiency (92.0) and Liberty is 25th (90.1).

Liberty vs. Austin Peay Odds Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Austin Peay, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Austin Peay ranks 28th in rebounds per game (40.5) while Liberty ranks 187th (34.6).
  • The Flames rank 26th in assists per game (17.2) while the Governors rank 114th (14.1).
  • Liberty ranks 38th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while Austin Peay ranks 105th (3.6).
  • The Flames rank 35th in three pointers attempted per game (27.0) while the Governors rank 191st (20.7).
  • Liberty ranks 34th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Austin Peay ranks 129th (6.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Flames’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 24.4, up from 19.7 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Governors have scored an average of 80.6 points per game (4.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 75.6 points per game (5.2 above their season average).