The Akron Zips (11-4) are favored (-4.5) to continue a three-game winning streak when they visit the Ball State Cardinals (6-9) at 7:00 PM ET on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Worthen Arena. The contest airs on CBS Sports. The matchup has a point total of 143.5.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of February 19, 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:
Cardinals (+4.5)

The model and DraftKings both have the Zips taking home the victory, but the model has them winning by slightly less (2.2 points). Lean towards taking the Cardinals.

Pick OU:
Over (143.5)

The DraftKings point total for this matchup is just 1.3 points lower than the model projection.

Prediction: Akron 74, Ball State 71

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 Zips’ average implied point total this season is 2.2 more points than their implied total in Friday’s game (76.2 implied points on average compared to 74 implied points in this game).
  • Akron has surpassed its implied point total for this matchup (74) 11 times this season.
  • The Cardinals’ average implied point total on the season (74.1 points) is 4.1 points higher than their implied total in this matchup (70 points).
  • Ball State has put up more than 70 points eight times on the season.

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

Akron and Ball State Records ATS

ATS Record ATS Record Against 4.5+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Zips 8-5 4-3 7-6
Cardinals 5-9 2-1 8-5-1

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

Last 5 Games


Ball State
Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
2/16/2021 Northern Illinois Win 81-76 2/16/2021 Bowling Green Loss 75-62
2/12/2021 Miami (OH) Win 83-76 2/6/2021 Toledo Win 81-67
2/5/2021 Kent State Win 72-61 2/2/2021 Buffalo Loss 78-58
2/2/2021 Toledo Loss 91-76 1/30/2021 Akron Loss 74-42
1/30/2021 Ball State Win 74-42 1/23/2021 Ohio Loss 85-77

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