Old Dominion vs. Syracuse Prediction
Will No. 25 Syracuse have any trouble covering a big spread at home when it hosts Old Dominion this afternoon at Noon ET?
607 Old Dominion at 608 Syracuse
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Noon ET – Carrier Dome
TV: ACC Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Syracuse is favored at home today, as the Orange are getting odds of -10.5 points against Old Dominion. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 123.5 points. The public betting currently has 58 percent going on Syracuse as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Monarchs on a win streak
Old Dominion has won five straight coming into today, covering the spread in four of those five wins. The Monarchs are 7-3 on the season, 0-1 on the road, 6-4 against the spread and 6-3 with the under.
The Monarchs have one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing just 56.6 points per game while holding opponents to only 35.8 percent shooting. With that said, Old Dominion also has one of the worst offenses in the nation. It averages just 65.6 points per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The team has been mostly led by Ahmad Caver and B.J. Stith, who combined for 36.5 points per game. Caver adds 5.1 assists per contest while Stith pulls down 8.8 rebounds per contest.
Syracuse on win streak as well
The Orange have also won five straight coming into today’s game, including a 72-71 win over Georgetown last weekend. Cuse is now 7-2 on the season, 6-0 at home, 4-5 against the spread and 6-3 with the under.
Like Old Dominion, the Cuse have a strong defense with a not-so-great offense. The Orange allow just 62.2 points per game while opponents shoot only 38.7 percent against them. Offensively, Syracuse averages 71.9 points per game while shooting just 29 percent from the arc and 42.2 percent form the field. Tyus Battle is leading the team with 18 points per game while Oshae Brissett adds 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
Old Dominion has covered the spread in five straight against ACC opponents and in five of their last six Saturday games.
The Orange are just 16-42-2 against the spread in their last 60 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against Conference USA opponents.
Syracuse isn’t a team that does a ton of blowing out of opponents. Their last game was a 1-point win as a 9.5-point favorite. Their style doesn’t dictate a lot of big offensive totals. Old Dominion comes in with a very good defense, so I think the Monarchs will keep Syracuse to a low total and that will allow them to stay competitive today. Don’t expect a lot of fireworks, but look for a lot of long possessions and for the Monarchs to stay in striking distance.
College Basketball Prediction: Old Dominion +10.5