USC Upstate Spartans at Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs ATS Prediction 01/12/19

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A six-game home winning streak is on the line for the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (10-6, 1-1 BigSou) when they welcome the USC Upstate Spartans (5-12, 0-3 BigSou) to Paul Porter Arena. Action starts at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

USC Upstate Spartans vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs ATS Odds

Both teams fell in their last outing. The Runnin’ Bulldogs fell to the Campbell Fighting Camels, 72-61, while the Spartans were defeated by the Radford Highlanders, 79-72.

USC Upstate forced Radford into a turnover percentage of 20.8 (above their season average of 14.2) while Gardner-Webb did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (13-18; 72.2 percent). DJ Laster played well for Gardner-Webb with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, USC Upstate was lifted by Malik Moore, who recorded 13 points and six rebounds.

In their first matchup this year, Eric Jamison led the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a 74-61 win. He recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Spartans. Gardner-Webb had a rate of 12.3, while USC Upstate posted a mark of 19.0.

The productive offense of Gardner-Webb will face off against the mid-tier defense of USC Upstate. The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 30th in offensive efficiency, while the Spartans are 216th in defensive efficiency. The Runnin’ Bulldogs should have the edge on that side of the ball.

USC Upstate Spartans at Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Gardner-Webb, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • USC Upstate ranks 27th in three pointers allowed per game (18.9) while Gardner-Webb ranks 237th (26.6).
  • The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 52nd in assists per game (15.7) while the Spartans rank 123rd in assists allowed per game (13.2).
  • The Runnin’ Bulldogs average 37.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 98th in the country. The Spartans rank 207th in rebounds allowed per game (37.5).
  • Gardner-Webb ranks 36th in steals per game (8.1) while USC Upstate ranks 141st in steals allowed per game (7.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Spartans’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.6, up from 2.8 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Runnin’ Bulldogs have scored an average of 80.0 points per game (1.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.2 points per game (4.2 below their season average).