Oakland vs. Cleveland State - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland vs. Cleveland State - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland State Vikings (9-16) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (8-17)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center Orena)

The Line: Oakland Golden Grizzlies -9 -- Over/Under: 126

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The Cleveland State Vikings (9-16, 5-7 CONF) and the Oakland Grizzlies (8-17, 3-9 CONF) will meet on Thursday, February 13th for a Horizon League matchup at the Athletic Center O’rena in Rochester, MI. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

Cleveland State is coming off a 67-55 road loss to Youngstown State. That loss gives Cleveland State a two-game losing streak, right after they had won back-to-back games themselves. At 5-7 in the conference, Cleveland State has struggled to find consistency in Horizon League play this season. Oakland is coming off an 83-71 road loss to Wright State in their last game. Oakland has now lost four of their last five games overall, all of which were conference games. 

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Cleveland State has struggled to score this season, and that is represented by their 63.3 points per game statistic. The Vikings have not defended that well either, giving up 71.1 points per game. Thus, Cleveland State has a -7.8 scoring differential. Cleveland State also earns 34.4 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 8.0 steals per game. 

Oakland has struggled badly on defense recently, something that they usually focus on the most. Oakland has given up 77.8 points in their last five games, and their season total has them allowing 69.3 points per game to the opposition. Oakland scores 65.7 points per game on 42.1% FG shooting. Oakland also earns 35.8 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 6.0 steals per game. 

Cleveland State is 12-11-1 ATS this season and 5-4-1 ATS in their last ten games. Cleveland State is also 4-7 ATS on the road so far this season. Oakland is 12-11-1 ATS this season and 4-5-1 ATS in their last ten games. Oakland is also 2-5 ATS at home so far this season. 

Oakland, despite their poor record, is probably the better team in this matchup, as they have a good amount of experience as well. However, Oakland has not played well enough in conference play for me to lay nine points with them, even at home. I think Cleveland State can keep it close enough to catch a cover. 

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Ronald’s Pick Cleveland State +9

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