Betting on today's Lions and Leathernecks game? Catch the action at Western Hall in Macomb, IL, as the Leathernecks hosts this showdown at 4:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 136 points, and the Leathernecks are the home favorites against the Lions in a Ohio Valley conference matchup.


The Pick: Western Illinois Leathernecks -8.5

This game will be played at Western Hall at 4:30 ET on Saturday, January 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 83-64 in favor of the Leathernecks.
  • Not only will Western Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136 points, and we like the over with a projected 147 points.

Will Lindenwood Be The Talk of Western Hall?

Today, the Lindenwood Lions will take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks as 8.5-point underdogs. So far this season, the Lions have gone 6-8 and have lost their last two games. On the road, Lindenwood is just 3-5 and has an average scoring margin of -14.2 points per game.

In their last game, the Lions faced off against Southern Indiana and lost by a score of 73-62. Over their last ten road games, Lindenwood is just 3-7. Overall, the Lions have been the underdog in 10 of their 14 games this season, going 3-7 in those contests.

As the underdog this season, Lindenwood has gone 5-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Lions have an ATS mark of 5-5. On the road, Lindenwood's ATS record is 4-4 this year and 4-6 over their last 10 road games.

On the season, the over/under record for Lindenwood games is 5-6 and today's line of 136 is below the average over/under line in their games of 139. So far, 3 of their games have finished with fewer points than today's line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-2 with an average scoring total of 134 points.

Compared to their season average of 67.1 points per game, Lindenwood struggled in their previous game. Against Southern Indiana, the Lions scored 62 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 36%. In terms of offense, the Lions have a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, putting them 351st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 392nd in percentage and 357th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today's game, the Lindenwood defense is giving up an average of 71.6 points per contest. Against Southern Indiana in their most recent game, the Lindenwood defense gave up a total of 73 points while allowing Southern Indiana to hit 36% of their shots.

Is It the Leathernecks Game to Lose at Home?

Western Illinois is favored by 8.5 points in today's matchup against Lindenwood. So far this season, the Leathernecks have an overall record of 9-6 and have won their last four games. In their last game, Western Illinois defeated Southeast Missouri State by a score of 68-61.

At home this season, the Leathernecks have a record of 2-1 and have an average scoring margin of +4.3 points per game. Over their last 10 home games, Western Illinois is 6-4.

As the favorite this season, Western Illinois has gone 1-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Leathernecks have an ATS record of 5-5. At home, Western Illinois is just 1-2 ATS this year and their last 3 home ATS mark is 0-1.

Western Illinois has an over/under record of 3-8 this season. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 140.9 and the average final score is 137.5. Today's over/under line of 136 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points.

The Leathernecks' offense wrapped up their last game with 68 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 72.1 points per contest. One area that the Western Illinois offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 66th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 43%.

Currently, the Leathernecks' defense holds the 80th rank in the nation, allowing 66.9 points per game. Western Illinois' three-point defense is currently 22nd in the country at 4.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 34.4% of their shots vs. Western Illinois.