Wright State Raiders vs. Oakland Grizzlies - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Grizzlies (13-14) at Wright State Raiders (11-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The banged up Wright State Raiders look for the win against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies at the Nutter Center.
It has been awhile since the Oakland Golden Grizzlies have been in any kind of race but a top four finish in the Horizon and a .500+ record is there for the taking with a strong finish. The Golden Grizzlies took a step towards both goals in Sunday's 83-78 victory versus Detroit as a 13 point first half lead weathered a late Titans rally. Plenty of offense was found with Oakland leading the shooting battle 51.7%-48% with a few more baskets and free throws being the difference. Kahlil Felder exploded for a game high 29 points on 9-16 from the floor while handing out eight assists followed by a 14 point effort from Nick Daniels on 6-8. Corey Petros and Max Hooper tossed in eleven and nine points with eight players scoring overall.
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The Wright State Raiders were a top four squad in my eyes before the season began but this team has been brutalized by injuries and sit at 3-9 in the conference. Things have spiraled downhill without a full compliment of players with five consecutive defeats which obviously has taken the Raiders out of contention. The losing streak was capped off by a 74-69 defeat at the hands of visiting Youngstown State on Sunday with the Penguins burning the nets at nearly 57% marksmanship with a 9-4 edge at the stripe to hold off the 49% shooting Raiders. Grant Benzinger led all scorers with 22 points and seven boards on 9-18 from the floor followed by a 14 point, six pull performance from Michael Karena. Grant Evans and Justin Mitchell combined for 17 points as the Raiders still received plenty of scoring but struggled defensively.
The Golden Grizzlies are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Oakland are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Wright State are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss. Oakland's defense is always a worry but the Raiders injuries worry me more...