In the final Top 25 game on Saturday night, the Oregon State Beavers will face their in-state rivals, the No. 21-ranked Oregon Ducks. The Ducks are only 2.5 games out of first place in the Pac-12 Conference.
The Beavers enter tonight’s rivalry game on a two-game winning streak. In the span of a week, Oregon State defeated both the USC Trojans and Arizona State Sun Devils by a combined three points. This season the Beavers are averaging 73.8 points per game and allowing opponents to score 69 points per game.
The 21st-ranked Ducks have won four of their last five games, which includes a victory over the Utah Utes two weeks ago. In that game, Oregon guard Chris Duarte scored a game-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range. He has one of four starters in double figures. But the Ducks will be without Duarte and LJ Figueroa due to COVID-19 protocols.
So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
Pick ATS: Oregon State +9.5
Oregon is favored by 9.5 points despite not playing in two weeks. The Ducks have been dominant in the Pac-12 games that they have played, with their only loss in the league a 79-72 fall at Colorado on January 7th.
The Beavers just barely squeaked by USC and Arizona State. In both games, Oregon State shot over 40 percent behind the arc. That will be a major key in Saturday’s game as the Ducks are only allowing teams to shoot 24.2 percent from distance. But what might be the Beavers saving grace that the Ducks will not have two of their best players.
Pick O/U: Under 137
The point total for tonight’s game is set at 137 points, which is plausible based on both team’s offenses. Oregon State is averaging 73.8 points per game, while Oregon is averaging 77.1 points per game. This season the point total has gone over in four of the Beavs’ last five games. But again, the key will be if Oregon State can knock down the three ball and shoot the ball consistently from the field.
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