The Southern Illinois Salukis (9-8) host the Valparaiso Crusaders (9-15) in a matchup of MVC teams at SIU Arena, tipping off at 7:00 PM ET on Monday, February 22, 2021. The Salukis are 2-point favorites in the game, the second matchup between the squads this season. The matchup has a point total of 132.5.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of February 22, 2021, 1:19 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Best Betting Odds

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Salukis (-2)

The DraftKings line for this game has the Salukis favored by two, while the model predicts they’ll win by slightly more (3.4 points).

Pick OU:
Over (132.5)

The DraftKings point total for this matchup is just 1.8 points lower than the model projection.

Prediction: Southern Illinois 69, Valparaiso 65

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 Salukis’ average implied point total this season is 3.6 more points than their implied total in Monday’s game (70.6 implied points on average compared to 67 implied points in this game).
  • So far this season, Southern Illinois has scored more than its implied point total for this matchup (67) seven times.
  • The 71.8-point average implied total on the season for the Crusaders is 6.8 more points than the team’s 65-point implied total in this matchup.
  • Valparaiso has put up more than 65 points in 14 games this season.

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

Southern Illinois and Valparaiso Records ATS

ATS Record ATS Record Against 2+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Salukis 8-6-2 3-1-1 7-9
Crusaders 9-11-1 1-1 6-15

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

Last 5 Games

Southern Illinois

Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
2/21/2021 Valparaiso Loss 66-65 2/21/2021 Southern Illinois Win 66-65
2/17/2021 Missouri State Loss 68-53 2/17/2021 Loyola Chicago Loss 54-52
2/14/2021 Illinois State Win 59-49 2/14/2021 Northern Iowa Loss 74-60
2/13/2021 Illinois State Loss 80-55 2/13/2021 Northern Iowa Win 70-57
2/10/2021 Missouri State Loss 65-53 2/10/2021 Bradley Loss 76-52

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