The Missouri Tigers (7-2) will be at home in Mizzou Arena when they clash against the Green Bay Phoenix (3-4). Missouri opened as a 20-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 143 points. Action begins at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
Green Bay Phoenix vs. Missouri Tigers ATS Preview
The last time the Phoenix played, they barely escaped the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 59-57. Khalil Small was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting. The Phoenix, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.454, had a mark of 0.518, while the Panthers had a turnover percentage of 19.8 (above the 16.0 mark opponents have averaged against Green Bay this season).
The Tigers will look to maintain momentum after blowing out the Miami (OH) RedHawks in their last outing, 70-51. Missouri rallied around Kevin Puryear, who was the games high scorer with 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting. The Tigers knocked down 10 of their 14 free throws (71.4 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.638 (above their season average of 0.557).
Missouri might have a tough time scoring as they go head-to-head against one of the nation’s best defenses. Green Bay ranks 94th in defensive efficiency, while the Tigers rank 249th in offensive efficiency since the 2016-17 season.
Games including these teams have typically gone under the O/U total. Green Bay games have finished under 75.0 percent of the time, while Missouri games have gone under 57.1 percent of the time. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Tigers have a clear advantage. They are 7-2 SU and 5-3 ATS, while the Phoenix are 3-4 SU and 3-1 ATS.
Green Bay Phoenix at Missouri Tigers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Missouri, ATS Winner – Green Bay, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Phoenix rank 34th in steals per game (7.6) while the Tigers rank 156th (6.1).
- Green Bay ranks 14th in rebounds per game (41.0) while Missouri ranks 249th in rebounds allowed per game (37.4).
- The Tigers rank 88th in three pointers attempted per game (23.3) while the Phoenix rank 279th in three pointers allowed per game (24.6).
- Green Bay averages 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 88th in the nation. Missouri ranks 223rd in blocks allowed per game (4.2).