UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Betting Prediction 02/29/20

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The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (16-11, 7-6 BigWst) wrap up their home schedule at Stan Sheriff Center against the UC Riverside Highlanders (15-15, 5-9 BigWst). Action starts at 12 a.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

UC Riverside Highlanders at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors ATS Odds

In their last contest, the Rainbow Warriors defeated the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 70-59, while the Highlanders were beaten by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 65-60.

Hawaii dominated nearly every stat category in the contest. They had a turnover percentage of 17.1 (worse than their season average of 16.9) and a free throw rate of 0.431 (above their season average of 0.219). Cal State Fullerton was 30.3 and 0.317, respectively, for those same stats. UC Riverside, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 13.1 (better than their season average of 18.2). Hawaii rallied around Drew Buggs, who finished with 20 points and five rebounds. Callum McRae played a key role for UC Riverside with 18 points and six rebounds.

In their first matchup this season, Justin Webster led the Rainbow Warriors to a 56-55 win. He was the game’s top overall scorer with 18 points. Hawaii’s 0.269 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over UC Riverside, who had a rate of 0.169.

The offense of Hawaii (222nd in the country with an offensive efficiency of 100.4) will clash against the stingy defense of UC Riverside (57th in the country with a defensive efficiency of 94.9). The Highlanders figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball.

UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Hawaii, ATS Winner – UC Riverside, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • UC Riverside ranks 16th in rebounds allowed per game (30.4) while Hawaii ranks 74th (33.1).
  • The Rainbow Warriors allow the fourth-fewest three pointers per game (15.0) while the Highlanders rank 22nd (17.6).
  • The Highlanders rank 50th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while the Rainbow Warriors rank 105th (6.2).
  • Hawaii ranks fifth in assists allowed per game (9.2) while UC Riverside ranks 45th (10.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Highlanders have scored an average of 59.6 points per game (5.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.6 points per game (1.6 below their season average).
  • The Rainbow Warriors have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. On the season, Hawaii has defeated opponents by an average of 1.8 points.