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Texas-Arlington vs. Georgia State - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia State Panthers (9-4) at Texas-Arlington Mavericks (4-9)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Texas-Arlington Mavericks +5 -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Georgia State Panthers and UT-Arlington Mavericks meet Thursday in college basketball action at the College Park Center.

The Georgia State Panthers look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Georgia State Panthers are averaging 74.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting. D'Marcus Simonds is averaging 19.8 points and 3.7 assists while Malik Benlevi is averaging 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Kane Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Thomas is dishing 1.9 assists. The Georgia State Panthers are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 64.2 percent from the free throw line. The Georgia State Panthers are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.8 rebounds per game. The Georgia State Panthers have lost three of their last five road games.

The UT-Arlington Mavericks also need a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The UT-Arlington Mavericks are averaging 62.3 points on 37.9 percent shooting and allowing 72 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Brian Warren is averaging 14.2 points and 3.1 assists while Edric Dennis is averaging 13.8 points and five rebounds. David Azore is dishing 1.5 assists and Andres Ibarguen is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The UT-Arlington Mavericks are shooting 25.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The UT-Arlington Mavericks are allowing 27.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The UT-Arlington Mavericks have lost three of their last five home games.

The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Sun Belt and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mavericks are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games, 18-7 ATS in their last 25 games following a ATS loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The under is 13-3 in Mavericks last 16 overall. The over is 5-2 in Panthers last 7 road games.

The Georgia State Panthers have caught fire these last few games, and while the defense could use some work, they're shooting 48.4 percent from the field in their last five games. The UT-Arlington Mavericks have spent majority of their season on the road against tough teams, so it will be interesting to see how they perform in a rare home game. Either way, Georgia State is playing better basketball and is 6-2 ATS this season on the road. I'll lay the reasonable chalk.

Pick:
Georgia State Panthers -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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