The Toledo Rockets (2-0) welcome the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (2-0) in a matchup that pits phenomenal offense against superb defense. Neither team is favored and the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 158 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs. Toledo Rockets ATS Preview
In the Golden Grizzlies last contest, they won big over the New Orleans Privateers, 87-68. Martez Walker was the games high scorer with 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting. The Golden Grizzlies had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.690 vs. 0.475) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.1 vs. 26.3).
The Rockets come in on a high note after beating the Ohio Northern Polar Bears in their last contest, 72-62. Toledo rallied around TreShaun Fletcher, who was the games leading scorer with 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Toledo played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.254 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.483. Ohio Northern recorded marks of 0.043 and 0.421, respectively, for those same stats.
This battle pits one of the nations top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Toledo ranks 60th in offensive efficiency and Oakland is 23rd in defensive efficiency since last season. Also, the Golden Grizzlies, who rank 56th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.282), will face a tough challenge against the Rockets, who rank 10th in opponents FTA rate (0.176).
The Golden Grizzlies are 26-8 straight up (SU) and 18-12-1 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total high when Oakland is involved since last season as 61.3 percent of their games have gone under the projected point total.
The Rockets, meanwhile, are 19-16 SU and 20-13 ATS since last season. Games including Toledo have had a slight tendency to go under the projected point total over that same time frame (51.5 percent).
Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs. Toledo Rockets Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Toledo, ATS Winner – Toledo, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Rockets average 37.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 77th in the nation. The Golden Grizzlies rank 214th in rebounds allowed per game (36.4).
- Oakland ranks 28th in steals per game (7.7) while Toledo ranks 290th (4.1).
- The Golden Grizzlies rank 18th in blocks per game (5.1) while the Rockets rank 216th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
- Toledo ranks 28th in assists per game (16.2) while Oakland ranks 169th in assists allowed per game (13.4).