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Charlotte vs. Appalachian State - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Appalachian State Mountaineers (3-4) at Charlotte 49ers (5-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Dale F. Halton Arena)

The Line: Charlotte 49ers -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers and Charlotte 49ers play Thursday at the Halton Arena.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers hope to snap a two-game skid when they play their sixth true road game. On the season, Appalachian State is averaging 62 points on 40.2 percent shooting and is allowing 69.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Frank Eaves leads the way with 15.9 points on 34.6 percent shooting and Chris Burgess is averaging 10.6 points and 3.1 rebounds. Tommy Spagnolo is grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game and Dustin Clarke is shooting 45.5 percent from the field. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are a struggling offensive team that’s shooting just 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and turning the ball over 14 times per game. However, Appalachian State is able to remain competitive by allowing no more than 70 points in four of its last five games.

Charlotte vs. Appalachian State - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte 49ers have lost four of their last six games and are really underachieving. On the season, Charlotte is averaging 76.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting and is allowing 76.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Braxton Ogbueze leads the 49ers with 13.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting and Mike Thorne Jr. is averaging 12 points and 8.3 rebounds. Pierria Henry is averaging 5.6 assists and Torin Dorn is shooting 52 percent from the field. The Charlotte 49ers lack of defense is killing them, as they’ve allowed 78 or more points in three straight games and are allowing teams to shoot 39.1 percent from deep on the season. Offensively, Charlotte is a fast team that’s averaging nearly 62 shots per game and shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc.

The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Charlotte simply isn't getting it done defensively to handle so much chalk. Also, Appalachian State  has played enough road games to be able to handle the tough crowd. Give me the points in this one. 

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