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Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 13:54 PM

Friday's Tip Sheet

A couple of early matchups in the Atlantic 10 and Mid-American Conference highlight Friday night’s limited betting board in college basketball.

From the Reilly Center in New York, the Davidson Wildcats will be on the road against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. At the same time, the Akron Zips will travel to McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant to face the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Davidson Wildcats at St. Bonaventure Bonnies
(ESPN2, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: St. Bonaventure -4, Total 133
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Odds subject to change

Betting Matchup

The Wildcats are 2-2 (straight-up and against the spread) in their last four games as part of a Atlantic 10 record of 6-5. They hammered Fordham 79-49 on Tuesday as 13 ½-point home favorites after losing to VCU 73-62 as nine-point road underdogs in their previous outing. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in three of their last four games.

Davidson is 12-11 SU overall with a 10-13 record ATS. In Tuesday’s win, the Wildcats connected on 18 three-point shots.

St. Bonaventure is two and half games behind Dayton for the lead in the A 10. With Tuesday’s 74-56 road victory against Saint Joseph’s, it moved to 9-3 SU in conference play and 17-8 overall. The Bonnies covered as eight-point favorites to extend their current winning streak to five games (SU and ATS). The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in seven of their last nine games.

Justin Winston posted a career-high 20 points along with Kyle Lofton’s 20 points in Tuesday’s win. Lofton leads the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game.

Betting Trends

-- The Wildcats are 3-6 both SU and ATS in nine previous road games this season. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in their last three games on the road.

-- The Bonnies have covered in six of nine home games and they are 11-5 ATS this season when closing as favorites.

-- Davidson has won seven of its last 10 games against St. Bonaventure both SU and ATS. It has covered in the last three meetings with the total going OVER in six of the last eight games between the two.

Akron Zips at Central Michigan Chippewas
(ESPNU, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Akron -4, Total 155
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Odds subject to change

Betting Matchup

The Zips posted SU home wins against Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green in their last two outings to improve to 8-3 in conference play. They are 18-6 SU overall with a 13-9 record ATS. With a 3-4 record ATS in the last seven games, the total has stayed UNDER in the last four contests.

Loren Cristian Jackson leads Akron in scoring with 18.9 PPG. The junior guard posted 28 points in Tuesday’s 74-59 victory against Bowling Green. He has outscored his average in four of his last five starts.

Central Michigan has dropped its last two games with a road loss to Buffalo and a 73-70 loss at home on Tuesday to Eastern Michigan as 6 ½-point favorites. This was the first time it failed to cover in its last five games. The Chippewas are 6-4 SU (7-3 ATS) in conference play and 13-10 overall.

Central Michigan has five different players averaging at least nine points a game as part of its 81.3 PPG. This is the ninth-highest total in the nation. Defensively, the team is giving up an average of 75.7 points a game.

Betting Trends

-- The Zips have a 7-1 record ATS in eight road games this season while going 5-3 SU. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five conference games on the road.

-- The Chippewas are 11-2 SU at home this season but they slip to 6-4 ATS in 10 home games with a closing spread. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games at home.

-- Akron has won eight of the last 10 meetings SU but the series is tied 2-2-1 ATS over the previuos five matchups. The total has gone OVER in seven of the last 10 meetings.

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