Youngstown State Penguins at Wright State Raiders Betting Prediction 01/18/20

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A five-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the Wright State Raiders (16-4, 6-1 Hor) when they meet the Youngstown State Penguins (11-8, 4-2 Hor) at Ervin J. Nutter Center. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Youngstown State Penguins at Wright State Raiders Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Raiders defeated the Cleveland State Vikings, 75-62, while the Penguins got blown out by the Northern Kentucky Norse, 88-63.

The Raiders held the Vikings to an effective field goal percentage of 0.408 (below the 0.470 mark opponents have averaged against Wright State this season) and had a better turnover percentage (16.0 vs. 17.6). Youngstown State, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 34.6). Grant Basile played well for Wright State with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Youngstown State, meanwhile, rallied around Garrett Covington, who contributed 17 points.

The Raiders dominated this series last year, taking both contests. In the most recent game, Wright State won 82-54. The Raiders’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Penguins. Wright State had a rate of 9.3, while Youngstown State posted a mark of 23.6. This is the first time these teams will battle this year.

It will be a matchup of opposite tempos as the up-tempo Raiders will look to push the more methodical Penguins. The Raiders currently rank 41st in possessions per game while the Penguins are 253rd.

Youngstown State Penguins vs. Wright State Raiders Odds Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Wright State, ATS Winner – Wright State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Youngstown State averages 39.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 51st in the nation. Wright State ranks 196th in rebounds allowed per game (36.8).
  • The Penguins rank 46th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while the Raiders rank 69th (5.9).
  • The Raiders rank 28th in assists allowed per game (10.2) while the Penguins rank 149th (12.9).
  • Youngstown State ranks 37th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while Wright State ranks 68th (3.1).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Penguins have scored an average of 67.4 points per game (3.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (3.1 above their season average).
  • The Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.2, down from 11.1 for the season.