The Furman Paladins (13-7) visit the Mercer Bears (12-8) in a matchup of SoCon teams at Hawkins Arena, tipping off at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The Paladins are 3.5-point favorites in the game, the second matchup between the squads this season. The point total for the matchup is set at 149.5.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of February 20, 2021, 2:18 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 (+3.5)

The model favors the Paladins by 1.7 points, just 1.8 fewer than the 3.5-point spread set by DraftKings.

Pick OU:
Over (149.5)

In this game, the model projects a total (150.6 points) a little higher than the DraftKings over/under (149.5 points).

Prediction: Furman 76, Mercer 74

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 Paladins’ average implied point total this season is 2.9 more points than their implied total in Saturday’s game (79.9 implied points on average compared to 77 implied points in this game).
  • Furman has scored more than its implied point total in this matchup (77) 12 times this season.
  • The Bears’ average implied point total on the season (77.8 points) is 4.8 points higher than their implied total in this matchup (73 points).
  • Mercer is trying to outscore its implied point total for this matchup (73) for the 15th time this season.

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

Furman and Mercer Records ATS

ATS Record ATS Record Against 3.5+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Paladins 7-10 6-7 8-8-1
Bears 7-10 2-4 10-7

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

Last 5 Games

Furman

Mercer
Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
2/17/2021 Samford Win 78-64 2/17/2021 East Tennessee State Win 71-64
2/13/2021 Western Carolina Win 88-70 2/13/2021 UNC Greensboro Loss 77-74
2/10/2021 UNC Greensboro Loss 64-58 2/10/2021 Samford Win 77-70
2/8/2021 UNC Greensboro Win 68-49 2/8/2021 Samford Win 89-82
2/6/2021 Wofford Loss 75-67 2/3/2021 East Tennessee State Loss 70-64

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