Looking to win big? The Blue Raiders and Thunderbirds face off at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The Thunderbirds are hosting the game at America First Events Center in Cedar City, UT. The over/under for this game is set at 139.5 points, and the Thunderbirds are the home favorites against the Blue Raiders in a non-conference matchup.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE BLUE RAIDERS VS SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Southern Utah Thunderbirds -2.5

This game will be played at America First Events Center at 8:30 ET on Friday, December 22nd.

WHY BET THE SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Thunderbirds.
  • Not only will Southern Utah pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Do the Blue Raiders Have What it Takes in Cedar City?

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, with a 5-7 overall record, will take on Southern Utah. In their first 12 games this season, the Blue Raiders have played exclusively on the road. As Middle Tennessee enters today's game, their ATS record stands at 2-7. Taking into account the team's previous five games, they are 1-4 vs. the spread.

Middle Tennessee comes in with an over/under record of 1-7-1 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 125.3 points per game so far. The Blue Raiders' last five games have culminated with an average of 130 points per game and an over/under record of 1-3-1.

The Middle Tennessee offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 34 points versus Saint Mary's. During the game, they attempted 11 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 27.9%. Jacob Johnson led the team in scoring, putting up 9 points. Additionally, Jestin Porter contributed 5 points for the Blue Raiders.

So far, the Blue Raiders' defense is ranked 90th in the country at 66.9 points per contest. In today's game, the Middle Tennessee defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 71 points.

Can the Thunderbirds Hold Strong at Home?

Southern Utah, who comes into this game with a 3-8 overall record, have played 12 games this season. They have struggled on the road, going 1-6, and are 0-1 at home. Southern Utah has a positive ATS record, sitting at 6-2. In their last five games, they are 5-0 vs. the spread.

Southern Utah's games have, on average, featured 150 points per game leading to an over/under record of 6-2-0. Their average over/under line is currently 144.1 points so far. The Thunderbirds have an over/under record of 3-0 in their last three games, with their games averaging 160 points per game.

In their recent matchup, the Southern Utah offense ended with 74 points against Northern Arizona. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 42% and made 7 threes. On the offensive front, the Thunderbirds have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, ranking 255th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 297th in terms of percentage and 208th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Thunderbirds' defense is ranked 237th in the country at 76.4 points per contest. Against Northern Arizona, the Thunderbirds' defense gave up 76 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Northern Arizona only made 4 free-throws.