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Middle Tennessee vs. Charlotte - 2/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Charlotte at Middle Tennessee
Date & Time Thursday February 7, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Murphy Athletic Center
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Middle Tennessee -3.5 -- Over/Under: 129
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Charlotte 49ers and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Murphy Athletic Center.

The Charlotte 49ers could use a win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Charlotte 49ers are averaging 59.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Jon Davis is averaging 21.5 points and 3.6 assists while Malik Martin is averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Cooper Robb is dishing 1.8 assists and Milos Supica is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Charlotte 49ers are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte 49ers are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.1 rebounds per game. The Charlotte 49ers have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look for a win after winning four of their last six games. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 64.1 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Antonio Green is averaging 18 points and 4.3 rebounds while Reggie Scurry is averaging 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. Donovan Sims is the third double-digit scorer and Karl Gamble is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66 percent from the free throw line. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have split their last six home games.

The 49ers are 18-37 ATS in their last 55 road games, 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. Conference USA and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Blue Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The 49ers are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Middle Tennessee St and the home team is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Blue Raiders last 5 home games. The under is 7-2 in 49ers last 9 overall.

I'm never eager to lay chalk with a team that's 6-15 ATS on the season like the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, but the Charlotte 49ers are unbackable no matter how you look at things. Charlotte not only heads into this game losing by an average of 13.2 points during its five-game losing streak, but it's also shooting just 39.9 percent from the field and losing by an average of 14.1 points on the road. The Charlotte 49ers are in such poor form that you can probably profit just by blindly fading them the rest of the season. I'll bite the bullet and back the Blue Raiders and the reasonable number at home.

Pick:
Middle Tennessee -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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