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Valparaiso at Oakland 2/17/17 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Adam
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Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies

NCAAB: 7:00 PM EST

Feb. 17, 2017

TV: ESPN2
Latest Odds : OAK -1 Total 144.5


The Oakland Golden Grizzlies can make up some ground in the Horizon League when they host the Valparaiso Crusaders Friday. Valparaiso is 21-5 overall, and in first place in the Horizon League at 11-2. Oakland is 19-7 overall and 9-4 in the league.

Oakland beat Valparaiso at Valparaiso earlier this year, so the Golden Grizzlies may be even more confident on their own floor. Oakland won that game by 12, but 11 of the 12 previous games had been decided by six or fewer.

Alec Peters leads Valparaiso, and is sixth nationally, in scoring at 23.1 points per game. Peters is also getting 10.7 rebounds per game, and has had a double double in 16 games. Shane Hammink is averaging 15.5 and Tevonn Walker is at 11.4. The Crusaders are shooting 44 percent overall and 32 from the 3-point line. The Crusaders shot 36 percent when they last played Oakland.

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The Golden Grizzlies are led by Martez Walker at 16.7 points per game. Jalen Hayes is averaging 15.8 and 7.6 rebounds. Sherron Dorsey-Walker is averaging 12.7. Hayes is hitting 57 percent of his shots, but the Grizzlies are shooting 44 percent as a team, and 34 from behind the arc. The Grizzlies shot nearly 50 percent when they played at Valparaiso.

Valparaiso is averaging 76.3 points per game and giving up 68.7. The Crusaders are averaging 39.8 rebounds. Oakland is averaging 77 points per game, and giving up 69.9. Valparaiso is 10-1 since its loss to Oakland. Oakland is 6-4 since then, but has won its last four games.

Recent Betting Trends:

Crusaders are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.

Golden Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.

Under is 4-0 in Crusaders last 4 Friday games.

Under is 6-1 in Golden Grizzlies last 7 games following a ATS win.

Free Betting Pick: Valparaiso Crusaders +1

This Crusaders team is the best team in the Horizon league and it continues on road in close Friday night game. Valpo is red hot winning 9 of last 10 games and just as important are 7-3 ATS in that stretch. Final Score Prediction, Valparaiso Crusaders win and cover ATS 76-73.

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