Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Fairfield Stags Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions

December 6, 7:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Fairfield -3.5

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies (3-5) and the Fairfield Stags (2-6) will square off in a Horizon League versus Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference collision on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 with a tip-off time of 7:00 PM ET. The two teams have never met previously.

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Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Fairfield Stags Overview

Oakland Golden Grizzlies

The Golden Grizzlies come into this contest on a two-game losing streak as they fell against some reputable opponents in Northern Illinois and most recently Xavier. The Golden Grizzlies fell 73-63 against the “X-Men” on December 1st allowing Oakland to cover as a 17.5-point underdog when they traveled to the Musketeers’ home court. Overall, Oakland is 3-1 ATS in their previous four outings.

Fairfield Stags

The Stags enter off a three-point loss falling 63-60 at Army as a 2.5-point underdog. Previous to this, Fairfield earned a push with a one-point win against the University of Denver at the Elgin Baylor Classic to snap a four-game skid Fairfield was riding previously to their victory over the Pioneers.

Reasons To Avoid Oakland

The Golden Grizzlies have attained far more notoriety compared to their counterparts in this affair. After all, it was only just two years ago that Oakland won 25 games and flirted with a possible March Madness berth as Horizon League Regular Season Champion; Three years ago, the Grizzlies were able to finish runner-up in the Vegas 16 Tournament. Contrarily, Fairfield has not won more than 20 games in seven years. By virtue of this narrative alone, market perception and a recency bias toward Oakland could cause takers to back the Golden Grizzlies at an inflated price.

Reasons To Back Fairfield

The Golden Grizzlies have yet to win a game on the road this season at 0-2 SU, and they have not looked competitive while doing so as Golden Grizzlies have lost by an average margin of 11.5 points when they are away from home. This will be a significant advantage for a Fairfield team considering this fixture a high-profile one on its own court against an opponent that has a reputation that precedes them given their accolades of years’ past. Oakland is no longer the hunter here but instead the hunted, thus why the Stags are favored.

Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Fairfield Stags Prediction12/06/2018

After this contest, Fairfield will delve into MAAC play, and if they are able to do so with a record of 3-6 posting a win over a notable opponent, this will spur momentum for the Stags as they make their way through league play. Fairfield will treat this contest as something comparable to a post-season tournament fixture and seize the moment on their own floor. Given the fact both these teams like to shoot the three (Oakland is 27th in the country with a 40% three-point field goal percentage whilst Fairfield sits 37th with a 39.2% mark in that same department), the Golden Grizzlies are prone to a cold night given their road woes whilst the Stags can find their stroke with the home cooking. Given the high probability of such an event, Oakland can find themselves buried. Nevertheless, the end result of this overall competitive edge will lead to a comprehensive Fairfield victory where the Stags will cover a small allotment of points to spot.

Free Pick: 
Take Fairfield -3.5