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Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Florida International golden Panthers
Where and when: FIU Ocean Bank Arena, Miami, Florida, Saturday, 7 pm EST
The Old Dominion Monarchs will travel to FIU ocean Bank Arena in Miami, Florida, for a Saturday night matchup with the Florida International golden Panthers in Conference USA basketball action. Florida International continues to exchange wins for losses as they atoned for a prior loss to the Blazers of Alabama-Birmingham by picking up a slim, three-point victory over the Charlotte 49ers in the last outing. And while they certainly did not shoot well from the floor at just 37% for the game, the Golden Panthers were certainly able to capitalize off a whopping 20 turnovers on the night for the 49ers en route to the much-needed victory.
On the other hand, the Old Dominion Monarchs enter this game losers of two of their last three games, overall, as they suffered a setback to the Florida Atlantic Owls in their last outing as the Monarchs were not able to cut into a nine-point halftime lead obtained by Florida Atlantic as they dropped just their second loss in eight games.
FIU sneaks past 49ers in win
Florida International has simply been middle of the road all season long as they are averaging 45% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis while their defense has allowed opponents to also shoot 45% from the floor. They certainly improved upon these numbers in their last outing versus the Charlotte 49ers as they allowed the visitors to shoot just 42% from the field while connecting on just five 3-pointers on the night as John Davis led the team with 24 points while going 4-8 from three-point range.
Pure adrenaline tonight in Miami. 💪
— FIU Men's Basketball (@FIUHoops) January 11, 2019
On the other hand, Trejon Jacob led the Golden Panthers in scoring with 19 points as he ended the games 3-6 from long range in the much-needed win. As stated, it has been the mantra for the Golden Panthers to have a set back immediately after picking up a victory lately. Nonetheless, Florida International looks to turn the tide in this matchup as they will look to increase their momentum by picking up a win over a struggling Old Dominion Monarchs team that are winners in two of their last three road games, overall; Yet, they are coming off of a loss versus the Florida Atlantic Owls in their last matchup where their offense simply took a bit too long in which to get going, thus resulting in their second loss in three games, as stated.
Monarchs struggles continue on offense
The offense for Old Dominion has simply been dismal throughout the season in connecting on just 41% of their shots on a nightly basis. Of course, their defense has been their saving grace as they are allowing opponents just 38% shooting from the floor and has been the tip of the spear in allowing the team to remain competitive throughout the season.
Nonetheless, the defense allowed 80 points in their last outing versus the Florida Atlantic Owls as the home team was also allowed to shoot over 50% from the field as well as from three-point range. Xavian Stapleton led the offensive charge for the Owls as he powered in 23 points while going 4 – 5 from long range while Ahmad Carver was the only other 20 points scorer for the the Monarchs as he ended with 20 points while going an awful 7-18 from the floor along with 1-11 from three-point range in the loss.
— ODU Men's Basketball (@ODUMensHoops) January 10, 2019
In all, this is been the mantra for Old Dominion all season as their offense has simply not been able to come up with any consistent production throughout their 2018 campaign. Nonetheless, they may indeed have a bit of success versus the Golden Panthers of Florida International in this contest as they have been known to give up points to their opponents, often in bunches. With that being said, Florida International have won three of the last four home games, overall, as they have posted astronomical scoring numbers in three of these contests in eclipsing the century mark.
- Golden Panthers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Monarchs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall
- Over is 22-9 in Monarchs last 31 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Old Dominion is simply a struggling team at this point in the season and will likely do so in this matchup versus the Golden Panthers on Saturday afternoon. With that being the case, look for Florida International to push the case constantly in this matchup in which to gain some easy buckets in transition versus a defense for Old Dominion that has really locked down opponents throughout the season. On the other hand, look for the Golden Panthers to have a much better defensive outing versus a struggling Old Dominion offense that cannot find the bottom of the bucket, under any costs.
Prediction: Pick: Florida International’s Golden Panthers -250
Full-Game Total Pick
The under has been the play in four the last five games for the Florida International Golden Panthers while the under has certainly been the play for the Old Dominion Monarchs lately to the tune of six of their last 10 games have resulted in the total not surpassing its set limit. Of course, this will be primarily due to their inability to remain consistent on the offensive end. Nonetheless, expect these trends to continue in this matchup as I certainly see the under being the strong play, particularly with the types of offenses that will be taking the floor in this contest on Saturday.
Prediction: Pick: Under 148.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
While I feel as though the Monarchs will squeak out a win in this contest on Saturday, one should also look for the Golden Panthers to keep this game close throughout due to their ability to play solid on the defensive end versus a horrible offensive squad for ODU. In all, expect the home team to cover the five and a half in this instance.
Prediction: Pick: FIU Golden Panthers +5.5
Half-Time Side Pick
Look for the Golden Panthers to also cover the spread at the break as they will do a solid job in containing an already inconsistent offense for the Monarchs early on while also hitting some critical buckets in the meantime. In all, look for the home team to possess a small lead at the half as their offense will be able to take advantage of defensive mishaps for the Monarchs in the first half.
Prediction: Pick: FIU Golden Panthers +3
Half-Time Total Bet
I will gladly pick the under for the half amongst two team that normally have difficulties putting points on the board. And while their defenses have not been stellar on the season, their efforts will certainly be good enough in which to prevent their opponent from obtaining quality looks throughout the first stanza.
Prediction: Pick: Under 70
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Look for the Golden Panthers to play a very solid first half in this contest as their offense will out out-duel an anemic offense for the Monarchs early on while cashing in on the money line in the meantime. As stated, their defense will certainly be key in them carrying a lead into the half as they will neutralize the offense for ODU throughout in which to claim an advantage.
Prediction: Pick: FIU Golden Panthers +157