Omaha vs Western Illinois: College Basketball Betting Picks, Predictions and Tips – February 5, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on February 5, 2021 - Last Updated on February 8, 2021

The Omaha Mavericks (2-12) will look to break an eight-game losing streak when they host the Western Illinois Leathernecks (3-11) on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Baxter Arena as 5.5-point favorites. The contest airs at 9:00 PM ET. The matchup has an over/under of 152.5.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of February 5, 2021, 2:16 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Best Betting Odds

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Leathernecks (+5.5)

The spread for this matchup suggested by the model (3.3 points) is a little bit less than the 5.5-point edge DraftKings gives to the Mavericks, though the data still has them as the favorite.

Pick OU:
Under (152.5)

The model projects a total 2.8 points lower than the one set by DraftKings for this game.

Prediction: Omaha 76, Western Illinois 73

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Examining the Over/Under

  • The average implied total for the Mavericks this season is 77.1 points, 1.9 fewer points than their implied total of 79 points in Friday’s game.
  • Omaha has only outscored its implied point total for this matchup (79) once this season.
  • The average implied point total on the season for the Leathernecks (77.9) is 3.9 more points than the team’s implied total in this matchup (74).
  • Western Illinois is looking to outscore its implied point total for this matchup (74) for the seventh time this season.

Implied totals are projected point totals for each team based on totals and spreads set by sportsbooks.

Omaha and Western Illinois Records ATS

ATS Record ATS Record Against 5.5+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Mavericks 5-8 0-2 6-7
Leathernecks 7-4-1 0-0 7-5

Against The Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Last 5 Games


Western Illinois
Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
1/30/2021 South Dakota Loss 97-93 1/30/2021 North Dakota Win 99-87
1/29/2021 South Dakota Loss 91-59 1/29/2021 North Dakota Loss 83-81
1/9/2021 North Dakota State Loss 80-66 1/23/2021 South Dakota Loss 84-74
1/8/2021 North Dakota State Loss 71-69 1/22/2021 South Dakota Loss 65-60
12/29/2020 Kansas State Loss 60-58 1/9/2021 South Dakota State Loss 92-63

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