/Oakland vs. Cleveland State odds, line: 2021 Horizon League Championship picks, predictions from proven model
Oakland vs. Cleveland State odds, line: 2021 Horizon League Championship picks, predictions from proven model

Oakland vs. Cleveland State odds, line: 2021 Horizon League Championship picks, predictions from proven model

The Cleveland State Vikings and Oakland Golden Grizzlies will meet on Tuesday evening in the 2021 Horizon League Tournament Championship. The teams entered as top-three seeds in the Horizon League Tournament and, after a couple of narrow wins for both sides, the stage is set for a marquee battle with a trip to the 2021 NCAA Tournament on the line. Cleveland State won both regular season matchups in early February. Oakland will seek revenge on the conference’s biggest stage.

Tip-off is schedule for 7 p.m. ET in Indianapolis. The Vikings are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Cleveland State vs. Oakland odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 140.5. Before locking in any Oakland vs. Cleveland State picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of over $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It has also returned over $400 on all top-rated college basketball picks this season. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Cleveland State vs. Oakland in the Horizon League Tournament 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Oakland vs. Cleveland State:

  • Cleveland State vs. Oakland spread: Cleveland State -2.5
  • Cleveland State vs. Oakland over-under: 140.5 points
  • Cleveland State vs. Oakland money line: Cleveland State -145, Oakland +125
  • CS: The Vikings are 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 games
  • OAK: The Grizzlies are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games

Featured Game | Cleveland State Vikings vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Why Cleveland State can cover

The Vikings are one of the hottest teams in the country, posting an 18-4 record in their last 22 games, all against conference opponents. As the top seed, Cleveland State has a talent advantage over most opponents in the league, and the Vikings led the conference in turnover creation, 3-point shooting, and free throw creation, among other factors. However, the Vikings can also lean on Oakland’s weaknesses to create opportunities.

Oakland is 300th in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, and the Grizzlies are outside the top 330 in shooting efficiency allowed. That includes the fact that Oakland’s opponents are shooting 37.6 percent from 3-point range and 54.7 percent on 2-point attempts for the season. Part of that is that Oakland simply doesn’t block shots, rejecting only 5.1 percent of attempts for the season. On the other end, Oakland is a shaky shooting team, making only 47.8 percent of 2-point attempts and 69.9 percent at the charity stripe.

Why Oakland can cover

The Grizzlies are better than their 12-17 overall record indicates, and that shows in the way they’ve played in conference play after a brutal schedule in non-league games. From there, Oakland is No. 3 in the country in preventing opponents from getting to the free throw line, and that is a key factor. The Grizzlies are also a top-30 team in creating steals on 11.4 percent of possessions, and Oakland is above-average in turnover creation rate (19.1 percent). Cleveland State is a poor free throw shooting team as well, opening the door for Oakland if things get tight.

On the other end, Oakland is a good offensive rebounding team, pulling down 30.2 percent of its own misses, and it generates an assist on 57.2 percent of their field goals for the season. Oakland can also take advantage of some glaring weaknesses from Cleveland State, including bottom-50 marks nationally in defensive rebound rate (68.8 percent) and free throw rate allowed by the Vikings.

How to make Cleveland State vs. Oakland picks

The model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 147 points. It also says one side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Cleveland State vs. Oakland? And which side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the computer model that has crushed its college basketball picks.