Detroit Titans (7-18) at Oakland Grizzlies (15-10)
|Date & Time||Friday February 9, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Oakland Grizzlies -14.5 -- Over/Under: 166.5
The Detroit Mercy Titans will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Detroit Mercy Titans dropped to 7-18 (3-9 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the UIC Flames, 78-69, this past Sunday. Detroit Mercy struggled offensively against UIC and couldn’t fight back after a 9-1 Flames run gave UIC a 63-52 lead with 8:05 left in regulation. Detroit Mercy shot just 34.8% from the field and 14.8% (4-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Titans was Josh McFolley who had 30 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 6 steals. On the season, Detroit Mercy is averaging 78.3 ppg on 43.3% shooting form the field. The Titans are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Detroit Mercy has been led by Kameron Chatman (17.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Corey Allen (15.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg), Jermaine Jackson Jr. (11.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Josh McFolley (10.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, Detroit Mercy is allowing their opponents to average 85.2 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -3.6 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 15-10 (7-5 Horizon) on the season after defeating the IUPUI Jaguars, 82-74, this past Sunday. Oakland led by a 49-36 margin at halftime and although IUPUI did make a charge midway through the 2nd half, the Golden Grizzlies were able to finally pull away after taking a 76-67 lead with 3:44 left in regulation. Oakland shot 50.0% from the field and 75.8% (25-33) from the FT-Line in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Kendrick Nunn who had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals. On the season, Oakland is averaging 80.2 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Kendrick Nunn (26.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Jalen Hayes (19.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Martez Walker (17.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Nick Daniels (8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 78.3 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Titans are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Friday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Golden Grizzlies are 45-20-1 ATS in their last 66 games following a straight up win however, are just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
The Detroit Mercy Titans have lost 5 of their last 6 games and although their fast-paced offense has Detroit Mercy ranked 72nd in scoring offense, the Titans have been awful on the defensive end and come into this game ranked 347th in scoring defense and 316th in defensive FG%. Oakland has won 6 of their last 8 games and is led by their offense that ranks 49th in scoring offense, 47th in assist/turnover ratio, and 23rd in FG%. Detroit has struggled offensively on the road in their last three games, averaging just 56.0 ppg, and as the Golden Grizzlies offense should have no problem scoring the basketball in this one, I’m taking Oakland to cover this large home spread.