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Detroit Mercy vs. Wright State - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wright State Raiders (7-8) at Detroit Mercy Titans (5-9)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Mercy Titans +5.5 -- Over/Under: 139
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The Wright State Raiders and the Detroit Mercy Titans meet in Horizon League conference college basketball action from Calihan Hall on Thursday night.

The Wright State Raiders will look for a win to get back to .500 after improving to 7-8 on the year with a 72-64 win over IUPUI in their last outing. Billy Wampler led the Raiders with 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 3 threes while Cole Gentry added 20 points on 4 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes and a 10 of 10 mark from the foul line. Loudon Love and Mark Hughes each added 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Wright State in the win. Parker Ernsthausen added a team-high 5 assists as well in the victory for the Raiders. Wampler leads Wright State in scoring with 15 points per game while Love leads the Raiders in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game and Gentry leads the Raiders in assists with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Wright State is averaging 72.9 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

The Detroit Mercy Titans will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 73-61 win over Cleveland State in their last outing. Antoine Davis led the Titans with 17 points along with a team-high 6 assists while Derrien King and Josh MCFolley each had 15 points with 3 threes, with King adding 6 rebounds while McFolley grabbed 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Harrison Curry added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Detroit Mercy in the win, while Lamar Hamrick had 6 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in the victory for the Titans. Davis leads Detroit Mercy with an average of 25.4 points and 3.4 assists per game while Chris Brandon leads the Titans in rebounding with 4.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Detroit Mercy is averaging 69.4 points per game on 39.7% shooting from the field, 36.7% from behind the arc and 66.2% from the foul line this season.

Wright State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 9-2 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record. Detroit Mercy is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 conference games. Wright State is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Detroit Mercy.

The Raiders have had the majority of the success when these two meet in recent years, however something seems off laying points with a Wright State team that is winless SU and ATS on the road this season. Detroit Mercy hasn’t been great in terms of winning games, but the Titans are 11-3 ATS this season and have covered in each of their last 4 games overall and at home, so I’ll take Detroit Mercy and the points here.

Detroit Mercy +5.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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