Cleveland State vs Milwaukee Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Monday, March 6, 2023

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The No. 3 seed Cleveland State Vikings (20-12, 14-6 Horizon League) will square off against the No. 2 seed Milwaukee Panthers (21-10, 14-6 Horizon League) in the Horizon League Tournament Monday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, beginning at 9:30 PM.

Monday’s matchup between the Vikings and the Panthers features the Vikings as moderate 2.5-point favorites. The game’s point total is 149.5.

Cleveland State vs. Milwaukee Odds

Point Spread for Cleveland State vs. Milwaukee

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Cleveland State as the favorite.

Cleveland State vs. Milwaukee Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Cleveland State has -144 odds to pick up the win, while Milwaukee is listed at +121 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 149.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Monday, March 6, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN2
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Arena: Indiana Farmers Coliseum

Cleveland State vs. Milwaukee Betting Trends

Cleveland State has 14 wins against the spread in 30 games this season. The Vikings have been victorious in 13, or 81.2%, of the 16 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Cleveland State’s games this year have hit the over 60.7% of the time (17 out of 28 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Milwaukee is 15-12-1 this year. The Panthers have put together a 10-8 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 55.6% of those games). Milwaukee has hit the over 53.6% of the time this year (15 of 28 games with a set point total).

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Cleveland State vs. Milwaukee Key Players to Watch

Cleveland State

Tristan Enaruna is tops on his squad in both points (15.4) and rebounds (6.7) per game, and also posts 1.4 assists. At the other end, he averages 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocked shots. Tujautae Williams puts up 11 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Defensively, he delivers 1.5 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Deshon Parker paces the Vikings at 4 assists per contest, while also averaging 4.3 rebounds and 9.8 points. Deante Johnson averages 7.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, shooting 57% from the field.


BJ Freeman is the Panthers’ top scorer (17.4 points per game) and rebounder (5.2), and delivers 3 assists. Kentrell Pullian gets the Panthers 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He also delivers 1 steal and 0.2 blocked shots. The Panthers receive 8.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game from Ahmad Rand. Justin Thomas is posting a team-leading 3.1 assists per contest. And he is contributing 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds, making 42.5% of his shots from the floor.

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What you need to know about the Cleveland State Vikings

In Cleveland State’s 21 Horizon League games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 15 times. On offense, the Vikings are posting 71.3 points per game (188th-ranked in college basketball). They are ceding 67.8 points per contest on defense (113th-ranked). With 32.5 rebounds per game, Cleveland State is 129th in the country. It allows 31.6 rebounds per contest, which ranks 213th in college basketball.

Cleveland State has been struggling when it comes to three-pointers this season, ranking 10th-worst in college basketball in treys made per game (5.1) and 16th-worst in three-point percentage (30.4%). With 7.1 treys conceded per game, the Vikings are 163rd in the nation. They are ceding a 32.4% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 98th in college basketball.

Over their last 10 games, the Vikings have two wins against the spread, and are 7-3 overall. Cleveland State has gone over the total in eight of its past 10 contests. Cleveland State’s offense has been better over its last 10 games, racking up 74.4 points per contest compared to the 71.3 it has averaged this year. Cleveland State has been slightly suspect on the defensive end of the floor recently, allowing 72.9 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 67.8 it has conceded this season.

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What you need to know about the Milwaukee Panthers

Milwaukee’s conference games have hit the over 11 out of 21 times this season. With 78.3 points scored per game and 73.2 points allowed, the Panthers are 38th in the country offensively and 273rd defensively. On the glass, Milwaukee is 19th-best in the nation in rebounds (35.7 per game). It is 270th in rebounds conceded (32.3 per game).

Beyond the arc, Milwaukee is 96th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (8.1). It is 90th in 3-point percentage at 35.8%. Defensively, the Panthers are 305th in the country in 3-pointers allowed per game at 8.3. They are 27th in 3-point percentage allowed at 30.6%.

The Panthers have gone 7-3 over their last 10 games, with a 4-5-1 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 contests, Milwaukee has hit the over five times. Milwaukee has performed worse offensively in its past 10 games, scoring 78.2 points per contest, 0.1 fewer points its than season average of 78.3. The Panthers have played worse defensively over their previous 10 games, ceding 79.2 points per contest, six more points their than season average of 73.2.

Cleveland State vs. Milwaukee Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Cleveland State, and we project that Milwaukee will cover the spread (Cleveland State -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 149.5 points.

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How to bet Cleveland State vs. Milwaukee

You can bet on Cleveland State vs. Milwaukee at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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