Akron Zips vs. Ball State Cardinals: 2/19/2021 Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on February 19, 2021

The Akron Zips (11-4) will attempt to continue a three-game winning streak when they visit the Ball State Cardinals (6-9) on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Worthen Arena as 4.5-point favorites. The contest airs at 7:00 PM ET on CBS Sports. The matchup’s point total is 142.5.

Betting Information

Akron vs Ball State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Akron -4.5 -112 -110 142.5 -109 -113 -204 165

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Computer picks for Akron vs Ball State
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Ball State (+4.5) Over (142.5) Akron 74 Ball State 71

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Total Facts

  • In 10 of 15 outings (66.7%) this year, the Zips and their opponents have scored at least this matchup’s point total of 142.5 points.
  • Ball State has played in nine games this season (out of 15 total matchups — 60% of opportunities) where they combined with their opponents to score more than 142.5 points.
  • The two teams average a combined 6.4 more points per game (148.9) than this game’s over/under of 142.5 points.
  • Opponents of the two teams average a combined 0.1 more points per game (142.6) than this matchup’s total of 142.5 points.
  • The average total the Zips have had set in matchups this year is 6.0 more points than this outing’s point total.
  • The average total for Cardinals games this season is 0.5 more points than the point total of 142.5 in this outing.

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Akron Betting Information

  • Strong against the spread this season, the Zips have covered eight times in 13 contests.
  • The Zips have posted a winning record of 4-3 against the spread when the spread is -4.5 or higher.
  • In 7 of 13 (53.8%) contests this season, Akron and its opponents have hit the over.

Ball State Betting Information

  • The Cardinals have a losing record against the spread, going 5-10 ATS (covering only 33.3% of the time).
  • The Cardinals have fared well as a 4.5-point underdog, going 2-1 against the spread when they are at least 4.5-point underdogs.
  • In most of Ball State’s games this year, the teams have combined to hit the over (9 out of 15 games, 60%).

Head to Head

Akron vs Ball State (Last 3 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/30/2021 Akron -6.5 147 -288 +226 Regular Season 74-42 AKRON
1/10/2020 Akron -4 137 -192 +155 Regular Season 75-60 AKRON
2/16/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 57-56 BALLST

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Akron Leaders

  • Loren Cristian Jackson leads the Zips in points and assists per game, scoring 21.4 points and distributing 6.4 assists.
  • Akron’s best rebounder is Enrique Freeman, who averages 9.4 boards per game in addition to his 7.8 PPG average.
  • Bryan Trimble Jr. contributes the most three-point shooting production for the Zips. He knocks down 3.5 threes per game.
  • Jackson is Akron’s leader in steals, averaging 0.9 steals per game, while Freeman leads them in blocks with 1.6 per contest.

Ball State Leaders

  • The Cardinals’ leader in scoring and rebounding is K.J. Walton with 15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
  • Ball State’s assist leader is Ishmael El-Amin with 3.1 per game. He also records 15.0 points per game and tacks on 2.7 rebounds per game.
  • El-Amin’s 2.1 made threes per game lead the Cardinals.
  • El-Amin (1.6 steals per game) is the steal leader for Ball State while Blake Huggins (0.8 blocks per game) is the block leader.
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