The East Tennessee State Buccaneers (8-9) host the Mercer Bears (11-8) in a matchup of SoCon teams at Freedom Hall Civic Center, starting at 7:00 PM ET on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The Buccaneers are 5-point favorites in the game, the second matchup between the teams this season. The matchup’s over/under is 136.5.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of February 17, 2021, 2:14 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Best Betting Odds

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Bears (+5)

The line for this game set by DraftKings and the model’s prediction are essentially the same (within 0.1 points of each other).

Pick OU:
Over (136.5)

The DraftKings point total for this matchup is more than two possessions lower (7.9 points) than the model projection. Put your money on the over.

Prediction: East Tennessee State 75, Mercer 70

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 Buccaneers have an average implied point total of 73.3 this season, which is 2.3 points higher than their implied total in Wednesday’s game (71).
  • East Tennessee State has scored more than its implied point total for this matchup (71) five times this season.
  • The 78.2-point average implied total on the season for the Bears is 12.2 more points than the team’s 66-point implied total in this matchup.
  • Mercer has scored more than 66 points in 17 games this season.

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

East Tennessee State and Mercer Records ATS

ATS Record ATS Record Against 5+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Buccaneers 7-9 2-3 4-12
Bears 6-10 1-4 10-6

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

Last 5 Games

East Tennessee State

Mercer
Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
2/15/2021 Chattanooga Loss 53-51 2/13/2021 UNC Greensboro Loss 77-74
2/13/2021 Wofford Win 71-49 2/10/2021 Samford Win 77-70
2/10/2021 Citadel Loss 79-71 2/8/2021 Samford Win 89-82
2/6/2021 Chattanooga Loss 67-65 2/3/2021 East Tennessee State Loss 70-64
2/3/2021 Mercer Win 70-64 1/30/2021 Wofford Loss 72-69

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