Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Beach versus the Roadrunners? Tip off is at at 10:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Icardo Center in Bakersfield, CA. Long Beach State is favored by -3.5 in this Big West conference matchup the against Bakersfield. The over/under for the game is set at 145 points.

LONG BEACH STATE BEACH VS BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Bakersfield Roadrunners +3.5

This game will be played at Icardo Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, February 1st.

WHY BET THE BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 72-71 in favor of the Roadrunners.
  • Not only will Bakersfield pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Is It the Beach Game to Lose on the Road?

Long Beach State Beach is favored by 3.5 points in tonight's game against Bakersfield. So far this season, Long Beach State has been favored in 12 of their 21 games, going 8-4 in those games. Overall, they have a record of 13-8, including a 5-4 mark in Big West play.

On the road, Long Beach State has gone 8-6 this season, and they are coming off a win over UC Riverside. Over their last 10 games away from home, they have gone 6-4, and their average scoring margin on the road this season is -0.2 points per game.

Long Beach State has an ATS record of 9-10 this season. On the road, they are 7-7 vs. the spread. As the favorite, they have gone 5-7 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Beach are 5-5 ATS.

Long Beach State's over/under record for the season sits at 12-7 and today's line of 145 is right in line with their average over/under line of 153.2. So far, 18 of their games have had higher over/under lines than 145. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points and their over/under record during that stretch is 1-2.

In their most recent game, the Long Beach State offense put up just 65 points vs. the UC Riverside Highlanders. Overall, they are now averaging 78.4 points per game which is 86th in the country. The team's top scorer is Marcus Tsohonis, who comes into today's matchup with an average of 17.5, while Aboubacar Traore also maintains a PPG average of 12.2 leading up to the game.

Looking at the Long Beach State defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 76.2 points per game (256th). In their previous game vs. UC Riverside, the Highlanders finished with a field goal percentage of 31% and a total of 53 points vs. Long Beach State.

Can the Roadrunners Hold Strong at Home?

After a 68-50 loss to Cal State Fullerton, Bakersfield will look to bounce back against Long Beach State as 3.5-point underdogs. So far, the Roadrunners have gone 3-12 as underdogs this season.

At home, Bakersfield has gone 4-2 this season, and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home. On the season, they have an average scoring margin of +4.5 points per game at home.

As the underdog this season, Bakersfield has gone 7-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Roadrunners are 5-5 vs. the spread. At home, Bakersfield has an ATS mark of 3-3 this year and their last 10 home games vs. the spread is 5-3.

On the season, the over/under record for Bakersfield is 11-7 and today's over/under line of 145 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (136.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 and the average scoring total in those games is 118 points.

In contrast to their season average of 68.3 points per game, the Bakersfield had a below average performance. They scored 50 points against Cal State Fullerton and had a field goal percentage of 29.3%. The team's scoring leader is Kaleb Higgins, who holds an average of 16.2 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Marvin McGhee III is averaging 7.8 points per game this season.

The Roadrunners' defense is presently ranked 98th nationally, allowing an average of 68.7 points per contest. Bakersfield will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Cal State Fullerton to just 41% shooting in their most recent game.