Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. South Alabama Jaguars ATS Prediction 01/03/19

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The South Alabama Jaguars (7-6) welcome the Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-8) to Mitchell Center. The Mountaineers can end a six-game road losing streak. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Appalachian State Mountaineers at South Alabama Jaguars ATS Odds

In their last contest, the Jaguars were blown out by the 11th-ranked Auburn Tigers, 101-58, while the Mountaineers won big over the Mars Hill Lions, 125-62.

Appalachian State dominated every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.5 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.729. For those same stats, Mars Hill put up marks of 27.5 and 0.427, respectively. South Alabama, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (17-22; 77.3 percent). Rodrick Sikes played a pivotal role for South Alabama with 25 points. Meanwhile, Appalachian State was lifted by Justin Forrest, who put up 23 points.

The Jaguars dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the most recent game, South Alabama won 77-66. South Alabama was effective at getting to and converting from the free throw line. The Jaguars made 21 of their 26 free throws (80.8 percent), while the Mountaineers were just 14-23 (60.9 percent). This is the first time these teams will clash this year.

This contest should be a battle of opposite paces. Appalachian State likes to play fast (28th in possessions per game), while South Alabama is more half-court-oriented (224th in possessions per game).

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. South Alabama Jaguars Free Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – South Alabama, ATS Winner – South Alabama, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • South Alabama ranks 24th in blocks per game (4.9) while Appalachian State ranks 140th (2.6).
  • The Jaguars rank 55th in assists per game (15.4) while the Mountaineers rank 65th in assists allowed per game (11.9).
  • The Mountaineers rank 80th in rebounds per game (37.9) while the Jaguars rank 158th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).
  • South Alabama ranks seventh in three pointers allowed per game (17.6) while Appalachian State ranks 29th (19.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Jaguars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.8, down from 3.8 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Mountaineers have scored an average of 86.0 points per game (2.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 82.2 points per game (3.8 above their season average).