Planning on watching today's Blazers and Mustangs game? Catch the action at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX, as the Mustangs hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN2. The odds for this American Athletic conference game currently have SMU as the -7.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 152 points.

UAB BLAZERS VS SMU MUSTANGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: SMU Mustangs -7.5

This game will be played at Moody Coliseum at 6:00 ET on Sunday, February 4th.

WHY BET THE SMU MUSTANGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-66 in favor of the Mustangs.
  • Not only will SMU pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Is a Win at Dallas Possible for the Blazers?

UAB enters this game with a 14-7 record, including a 5-2 mark in American Athletic Conference play. They have gone 9-5 in non-conference action, and they are 3-4 on the road this season.

As the underdog, UAB has gone 4-3 this year, and they have an average scoring margin of -3.6 points per game on the road. They are coming off a 97-88 win over Memphis, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 road games.

As the underdog, UAB has been one of the best teams vs. the spread this season, going 6-1. Their overall ATS record is 9-9-1, but they have been even better recently, going 8-2 in their last 10 games as the underdog. On the road, the Blazers are 3-4 vs. the spread this year and 4-6 in their last 10 road games.

UAB's over/under record for the season is 12-7 and the average scoring total in their games is 153.6. Today's over/under line of 152 is lower than the average OU line in their games (149.2). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 164 points.

The UAB offense is coming off a game in which they scored 97 points vs. Memphis. Overall their field goal percentage was 51.7% while connecting on 9 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Yaxel Lendenborg with 23 points. Eric Gaines also added 20 points for the Blazers.

Coming into the game, UAB will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 75.9 points per game (252nd). In their most recent game, the UAB defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Memphis knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 88 points.

Will SMU Live Up to Expectations at Home?

SMU has been dominant at home this season, going 9-2 with an average scoring margin of +17.0 points per game. They have won their last six games at home, and their record in their last ten home games is 8-2.

Overall, the Mustangs are 14-7, including a 5-3 record in American Athletic Conference play. They have been the favorite in 14 games this season, going 12-2 in those games.

SMU has an ATS record of 11-8-1 this season and they are 5-5-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Mustangs have gone 6-3-1 vs. the spread.

SMU's over/under record this season is 8-12 and today's line of 152 is higher than the average OU line in their games (142.8). So far, 17 of their games have finished with fewer points than today's OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 145 points and their OU record during this stretch is 2-1.

SMU's offense is coming off a good game, putting up 80 points vs. Tulane. Overall, they hit 40.8% of their shots from the field and went 12/16 from the free-throw line. Zhuric Phelps is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.6 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Chuck Harris brings a PPG average of 13.1 into the game.

At this time, the Mustangs' defense is positioned 19th in the country, permitting 64.0 points per game. SMU's three-point defense is currently 49th in the country at 5.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.8% of their shots vs. SMU.