Western Carolina Catamounts at Furman Paladins Free Prediction

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The undefeated Furman Paladins (7-0) hope to remain unbeaten when they meet the Western Carolina Catamounts (2-6) at Timmons Arena. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Furman Paladins ATS Odds

In their last game, the Paladins defeated the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, 65-51, while the Catamounts fell to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 71-64.

Furman dominated every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 18.1 (worse than their season average of 13.4) and a free throw rate of 0.089 (below their season average of 0.225). For those same stats, UNC Asheville had marks of 26.7 and 0.063, respectively. Western Carolina, on the other hand, held Wake Forest to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.1 (below their season average of 37.2). Matt Rafferty had a solid game for Furman with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Carlos Dotson, meanwhile had a good outing for Western Carolina, recording 14 points and 16 rebounds.

The Paladins dominated this series last year, winning all three games. In the most recent game, Furman won 97-73. The Paladins’ 10.1 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Catamounts, who had a rate of 17.0.

The prolific offense of Furman will face off against the porous defense of Western Carolina. Dating back to last season, the Paladins rank 31st in offensive efficiency, while the Catamounts are 268th in defensive efficiency. The Paladins figure to have the advantage on that end of the court. Additionally, the Catamounts rank 347th in turnover percentage (22.4 percent), while the Paladins rank 38th in opponents’ turnover percentage (21.5 percent).

Western Carolina Catamounts at Furman Paladins Betting Pick

Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Furman, ATS Winner – Western Carolina, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Furman ranks 10th in steals per game (8.3) while Western Carolina ranks 273rd in steals allowed per game (8.3).
  • The Paladins average 35.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 170th in the NCAA. The Catamounts rank 221st in rebounds allowed per game (36.1).
  • Western Carolina ranks 247th in blocks per game (2.5) while Furman ranks 251st (2.5).
  • The Paladins rank eighth in three pointers attempted per game (28.6) while the Catamounts rank 233rd in three pointers allowed per game (23.4).
  • Furman averages 16.2 assists per game, which ranks 24th in the NCAA. Western Carolina ranks 240th in assists allowed per game (14.3).