Illinois basketball betting odds, predictions and game info vs Indiana

After a four-game winning streak, the Illinois basketball program looks to defeat a major rival in Indiana Thursday night.

The Illini have now won six of their last eight games while the Hoosiers are trying to steady the ship having lost five of their last eight contests.

Our record for Illinois betting this year is 4-4 money line, 3-5 spread and 4-5 over/under. Last week, Minnesota hit a bad three-pointer to make the over, so we ended up 2-1. Let’s see if we can make it 3-0 against Indiana.

Here are Illinois vs Indiana basketball betting odds, predictions and match details.

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Illinois Basketball vs. Indiana – Moneyline

Las Vegas has Illinois as the clear favorite going into play on Thursday night. The Illini open at -250 on the money line, while Indiana is at +210.

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Illinois has had the number of Indiana in recent years. The only win for the Hoosiers in their last five matchups came by two points in last season’s Big Ten tournament.

Indiana is a pretty balanced team this season. They’ve had the trusty Trayce Jackson-Davis for what seems like 15 years, and he’s finally back to health. Although the Hoosiers are only 1-3 since his return.

The Hoosiers have been struggling with hitting the ball lately. While they’re averaging 78.9 points per game, which is No. 28 in the country, that number has been down in the last month or so. In the last two games alone, they have scored 63 points and 66 points.

I think the Illinois defense keeps showing. In the last six games, we’re only giving up 61.7 points per game. I expect the same from the Illini on Thursday evening.

Prediction – Illinois -250

Illinois Basketball vs. Indiana Spread

This might be one of the hardest spreads I’ve seen for an Illinois game this season. The Illini enter the Indiana matchup as a 6.0-point favorite.

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First, let me say that Illinois has been covering spreads lately. We’ve beaten our last four opponents by an average of 13.3 points per game.

Indiana isn’t the best on the road either. They are 1-4 this season and in the four losses they lose an average of 14.5 points per game.

The Hoosiers have a few things going for them. Jackson-Davis no longer has to contend with Kofi Cockburn, and when they shoot threes, they tend to go into the hoop.

Jackson-Davis probably thinks he has some relief without Kofi, but Illinois isn’t just sending a big man in to protect the rim. We have several 6ft 9 players who can protect in the paint. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Jackson-Davis fight Illinois again.

When Indiana isn’t feeding Jackson-Davis, they’re efficiently making three-pointers. The Hoosiers are putting down shots from deep with a 37.1% clipping rate, which is No. 41 in the nation. But they’re not trying many, as Indiana is only fielding 18.1 three-pointers per game, which ranks 314th out of 363 DI programs.

A final note on three-point shooting: Illinois defends the three-point bow well. Opponents are only hitting 31.3% of their three-pointers against us this season, which is number 71 in the country.

I think Illinois will throw our big men to Indiana and the Hoosiers will fight in the paint. Then we have players like Sencire Harris who can guard the outside space. Look for the Illini to keep the Hoosiers low Thursday night. That could be a double-digit win.

Forecast – Illinois -6.0

Illinois Basketball vs. Indiana – Over/Under

It was a poor hit against Minnesota in the last game as their pointless three-pointer in the dying seconds took the final score over 137.5 points. This week we’re looking at a higher over/under against Indiana. Las Vegas set the line at 144.5 points.

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This may sound crazy, but I love this over/under. Illinois is giving up 63.7 points per game while Indiana is at 67.9 points per game. These two numbers are ranked 33rd and 116th respectively.

With the numbers above, I think the Illinois defense has a chance to close Indiana and keep them at a lower number. I’m looking at something in the 60’s.

I think it’s going to be a stalemate in the suit, and the big difference in the game is whether Illinois will be able to take shots from three-point range.

Illinois throws 26 three-pointers per game, which is No. 24 in the nation. But we only make that three-point mark at a rate of 33.1%, which ranks 203rd in the country.

Indiana is not good defensively on the perimeter. Her opponents are hitting 34.3% from three-point range, which ranks 212th in the nation.

The only caveat to all of this is the fact that both teams play fast-paced basketball. Indiana and Illinois both rank in the top 100 in possession per game. That makes me take the helm.

Even if Indiana scores in the 60s, I think the pace of the game will favor the over. With so many attempts from the deep, Illinois is bound to hit a few. Watch for this game to end something like 82-68 in favor of the Illini.

Prediction – Over 144.5 points

Illinois Basketball vs Indiana Game Info

Date & Time: January 19 – 7:30pm CT

TV: FS1

Streaming: Fubo TV

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