UMKC Kangaroos at Central Michigan Chippewas ATS Prediction 12/19/18

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The UMKC Kangaroos (4-8) head to McGuirk Arena to challenge the Central Michigan Chippewas (8-2). The Kangaroos will try to put an end to their six-game losing streak. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

UMKC Kangaroos vs. Central Michigan Chippewas ATS Odds

In their last contest, the Chippewas dismantled the Concordia (MI) Cardinals, 98-67, while the Kangaroos got blown out by the Loyola Chicago Ramblers, 76-45.

Central Michigan dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.308 and a turnover percentage of 13.1. Concordia (MI) was 0.092 and 22.6, respectively, for those same stats. UMKC, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (17.6 vs. 18.4). Central Michigan was led by Kevin McKay, who put up 27 points and five rebounds. Brandon McKissic, meanwhile led the way for UMKC, finishing with 15 points.

The Chippewas won the lone game between these two teams last season, 92-86. Getting to the free throw line was one of Central Michigan’s largest advantages. They made 33 trips to the line, while UMKC went 21 times. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

McKay and Larry Austin Jr. have played well over the last five games for Central Michigan. McKay has averaged 0 points, while Austin Jr. has put up 0 points a game during that span.

The prolific offense of Central Michigan (53rd in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 111.9) will go head-to-head against the mid-tier defense of UMKC (252nd in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 105.1). The Chippewas figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.

UMKC Kangaroos vs. Central Michigan Chippewas ATS Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Central Michigan, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • UMKC averages 23.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 92nd in the country. Central Michigan ranks 204th in three pointers allowed per game (23.3).
  • The Chippewas rank 88th in blocks per game (4.0) while the Kangaroos rank 114th in blocks allowed per game (3.7).
  • Central Michigan averages 12.9 assists per game, which ranks 123rd in the NCAA. UMKC ranks 142nd in assists allowed per game (13.8).
  • The Chippewas average 39.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 106th in the nation. The Kangaroos rank 190th in rebounds allowed per game (37.0).
  • UMKC ranks 16th in steals per game (8.8) while Central Michigan ranks 70th (10.0).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Chippewas have scored an average of 83.6 points per game (2.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (7.5 below their season average).
  • The Kangaroos’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 18.0, up from 4.7 for the season.