Offense meets defense when the Bowling Green Falcons (7-3) visit Old Dominion to take on the Monarchs (6-3). Old Dominion opened as a 13.5-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 143.5 points. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
Bowling Green Falcons vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Betting Preview
In the Falcons last matchup, they lost to the Evansville Aces, 91-76. Bowling Green’s Justin Turner had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Evansville held the Falcons to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.2 (below their season average of 31.0). Bowling Green, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.340 (above their season average of 0.297).
The Monarchs come in on a high note after blowing out the Richmond Spiders in their last matchup, 79-60. Old Dominion rallied around Ahmad Caver, who put up 14 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. Old Dominion played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.172 (below their season average of 0.191) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.595 (above their season average of 0.503). Richmond put up marks of 0.083 and 0.458, respectively, for those same stats.
When looking at effective field goal percentage, Old Dominion figures to have a substantial edge. Dating back to last season, the Monarchs defense ranks 39th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.466), while the Bowling Green offense ranks 155th in effective field goal percentage (0.490). This game should be a showdown of contrasting styles. The up-tempo Falcons rank 21st in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Monarchs rank 345th.
Games including these teams have a tendency to go over the O/U total. Bowling Green games have finished over 75.0 percent of the time, while 62.5 percent of Old Dominion games have gone over. Both teams have respectable straight up (SU) records (7-3 for Bowling Green; 6-3 for Old Dominion), but the Monarchs have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Old Dominion is 4-4 ATS, while the Falcons are 1-3.
Bowling Green Falcons vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Old Dominion, ATS Winner – Bowling Green, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Monarchs average 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 42nd in the nation. The Falcons rank 206th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
- Old Dominion allows the 31st-fewest steals per game (5.0) while Bowling Green ranks 37th (6.0).
- Old Dominion ranks 28th in assists allowed per game (11.0) while Bowling Green ranks 282nd (13.8).
- The Falcons rank 105th in three pointers attempted per game (20.8) while the Monarchs rank 305th (16.1).
- Old Dominion ranks 58th in rebounds allowed per game (32.9) while Bowling Green ranks 239th (37.6).