Akron vs. Toledo Pick
Which MAC team will grab its first win of the conference season when Toledo plays host to Akron tonight at 6:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Toledo is the favorite at home, as the Rockets are getting odds of -9.5 points against Akron. The over/under total for the game is listed at 152 points. Today’s game takes place from Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio and will air live on the CBS Sports Network.
Akron is coming off an 87-75 loss at Western Michigan to start MAC play. The Zips have now dropped four of their last five games. Akron is 7-6 on the year and 5-6 against the spread. The Zips have failed to cover in three of their last four lined games as well. Akron is averaging 72.3 points per game this season while allowing 75.2 per contest on defense. Daniel Utomi is leading Akron with 18 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Malcolm Duvivier is adding 14.7 points per contest.
Toledo started conference play with a 104-94 loss at Buffalo. That snapped a three-game win streak for the Rockets. Toledo is now 8-6 on the season and 5-6 against the spread. The Rockets are averaging 79.9 points per game on offense while allowing 79.2 per game at home. Tre’Shaun Fletcher is leading Toledo with 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while Jaelan Sanford is adding 16.1 points per contest.
Toledo has won four of the last five meetings with Akron and the Rockets have covered the spread in five straight encounters in this series. The Zips are in a bit of a funk right now and they average just 66 points on the road. That will be a problem against a Toledo team with good balance on offense. The Rockets look like they will be able to push a scoring pace that the Zips can’t match tonight. The public betting is backing Akron tonight, but I like Toledo to cover.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: TOLEDO -9.5