WMU vs. EMU Pick – Square Pantsing it

by | Last updated Feb 21, 2023 | cbb

Western Michigan (7-20 SU 10-13 ATS) vs. Eastern Michigan (6-21 SU 10-15 ATS)
When: Tuesday, February 21st: 7:00 ET
Where: Convocation Center (MI) Ypsilanti, MI
Point Spread: WMU +3/EMU -3 (Special Offer for Predictem readers only: 125% bonus up to $400 with code PREDICTEM at GTBets!)
Total: 153.0
Money Line: Western Mich Broncos +133/Eastern Mich Eagles -162

The Eastern Michigan Eagles host the Western Michigan Broncos on Tuesday night MACtion. EMU is a -2.5 spread favorite for this game, while the total is listed at 152 points. Our CNN handicapper Rich Crew breaks it down and gives his recommended bet.

Line Movement:

This game opened at EMU-3 and was bet to -3.5 in the early betting action before falling to -2.5. The total opened at 153 and has moved downward to 152 points.

Last Game Info

Western Michigan will be looking for another win, as they most recently defeated Ball State by a score of 78-68. The Broncos also picked up an ATS victory as they were +7.5 point underdogs. The combined 146 points finished above the 145.5 total line.

Eastern Michigan most recently fell to Kent State (81-54). Not only did the Eagles lose straight-up, but they picked up an ATS defeat as +18 point underdogs. The combined 135 points did not surpass the 148 total line.

Current Form

Western Michigan
Over their last five games, Western Michigan has a straight-up record of 1-4 while going 1-4 vs. the spread. Over this stretch, the Broncos’ offense averages 68.6 points per game while hitting 43.1% of their shots from the field. On the defensive end of the floor, they have allowed opponents to shoot 47.0% from the field while allowing 80.2 points per contest.

Eastern Michigan
In their previous five contests, Eastern Michigan is 0-5 straight-up and 3-2 vs. the spread. In these five games, they have a scoring average of 71.0 points per game on a shooting percentage of 44.1%. Defensively, they allow teams to hit 48.2% of their shots while giving up 84.4 points per game.

Average Power Rating Of Opponents Played

This season, the combined power rating of Western Michigan’s opponents comes in at 73.7. On the other side, Eastern Michigan’s combined opponent power rating sits at 76.1.

How Does Western Michigan Fare On The Road?

For the season, the Broncos have played 14 road games and have a record of 1-13. In these contests, Western Michigan is 5-9 vs. the spread. Offensively, they have averaged 68.9 points per game on a shooting percentage of 42.8%. On defense, the Broncos allow 79.6 points per contest when playing away from home. So far, opposing teams have a field goal percentage of 49.5% in these games.

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How Does Eastern Michigan Fare At Home?

In their 13 games at home, Eastern Michigan has a 4-7 record vs. the spread while going 4-9 straight-up. On offense, the Eagles are shooting 42.2% on their home floor, leading to 69.3 points per game. Defensively, opponents are shooting 46.0% in these contests. The Eastern Michigan defense is allowing 77.8 points per game at home.

Offense vs. Defense

For the season, Western Michigan is averaging 65.4 points per game (372nd) while posting an overall field goal percentage of 42.1%. In today’s game, they will be matched up against an Eastern Michigan defense that has allowed an average of 81.7 points per contest. This year, opponents have hit 48.6% of their shots vs. Eastern Michigan. Conversely, the Eastern Michigan Eagles are coming into the game averaging 69.1 points per game on a shooting percentage of 43.1%. The Eagles will face a defensive unit allowing an average of 74.3 points per contest. So far, teams have hit 45.0% of their shots vs. the Broncos.

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Three-Point Shooting

From beyond the arc, Western Michigan has a shooting percentage of 33.2% while ranking 171st in attempts per game. The Broncos will be facing an Eastern Michigan defense that has a 3-point field goal shooting percentage allowed of 33.4%. Eastern Michigan enters the game, having hit 30.8% of their looks from deep while averaging 6.32 made threes per game. On the other end, Western Michigan has allowed opponents to hit 35.3% of their shots from beyond the arc.

Injuries Of Note

Western Michigan

  • No Reported Injuries

Eastern Michigan

  • No Reported Injuries

Pick Against The Spread

WMU is fresh off a double-digit home win over Ball State as a 7.5 dog. That was their first win in ten games, and it’s not like they were just coming up short in their nine straight losses. They did play some of the lesser teams close. Losing to Ball State and Central Michigan by 1, but all of the other defeats were seven or more points. EMU hasn’t been doing the victory dance often, winners of just two of their last ten, but they had a large stretch of competitive games before getting blown out on the road at Kent State and at home by Akron. I’ll take the square side here – Take Eastern Michigan -2.5. Note: We oftentimes get asked which online sportsbook is the best. The answer is easy! It’s Bovada Sportsbook! They have a nice clean site, the BEST live betting platform on the web, FAST Bitcoin payouts, TONS of props and they’ve been around forever. They also offer a 50% real cash bonus up to $250! Dump your lesser bookie today and start playing with the best! —-> Bovada!