Boilermakers vs. Nittany Lions Prediction
The 17th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers have won five games in a row heading into tonight's contest at the Penn State Nittany Lions. Can Purdue continue its strong play and cover the spread on the road?
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Bryce Jordan Center at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Boilermakers are a 7.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 137.5 points. As of Thursday morning, 89 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Purdue. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Boilermakers down sixth-ranked MSU
Purdue used a big first half on its way to a 73-63 home victory over Michigan State Sunday afternoon to improve to 14-6 overall and 7-2 in Big Ten Conference play. The Boilermakers led by a commanding 37-19 score at halftime and held off a late Spartans rally attempt. Ryan Cline paced Purdue with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting including 5-of-10 from 3-point distance. He also dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds. Carsen Edwards tallied 14 points, four boards, three assists and three steals. Nojel Eastern had 12 points, 11 caroms and two assists. Aaron Wheeler contributed 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Matt Haarms recorded 10 points, eight boards and two blocked shots as a reserve. The Boilermakers shot 24-of-64 from the floor, 12-of-28 from 3-point range and 13-of-15 at the free throw line.
Nittany Lions stay winless in Big Ten play
Penn State lost 64-60 at home Saturday versus Rutgers to drop to 7-13 overall and 0-9 in conference play. Lamar Stevens led the Nittany Lions with 21 shots on 7-of-16 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point range plus 6-of-8 at the free throw line. He also manufactured eight rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Myles Dread recorded 11 points and three rebounds. Rasir Bolton added 11 points, two boards and two steals off the bench. Penn State trailed 30-26 at halftime on its way to the loss. The Nittany Lions shot 20-of-57 from the floor, 6-of-24 on 3-pointers and 14-of-20 at the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Boilermakers are 5-0 ATS in their last five Big Ten games. Purdue is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games versus a team with a winning percentage below .400.
The Nittany Lions are 5-2 ATS in its last seven Thursday games. Penn State is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games versus the Big Ten.
This seems like it has the makings of a trap game. The Boilermakers are coming off a big victory and now face a lowly Penn State squad on the road. I could definitely see Purdue going through the motions here and probably getting a win, but not winning convincingly enough to cover the spread. The Boilermakers are also only 2-4 straight up in true road games this season.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS +7.5