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Central Arkansas vs North Alabama Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Bears vs Lions Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Central Arkansas Bears at North Alabama Lions
- Where: Florence at Flowers Hall
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: Central Arkansas +4.5, CARK +163 | NAL -200 O/U 156.5
Through 20 games, the Central Arkansas Bears have an overall record of 6-14. So far, the Bears have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 2-9. For the season, Central Arkansas has been the underdog in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 3-12. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bears being +4.5 point underdogs.
Central Arkansas’ leading scorer this season is Camren Hunter, who is averaging 17.25 points per contest. So far, Hunter has accounted for 23.28% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.15 rebounds per game and 4.2 assists. Eddy Kayouloud is the second leading scorer for the Bears, averaging 12.95 points per game. Between him and Kayouloud, they are accounting for 40.8% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Central Arkansas is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 20 games, they have only hit 30.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.15% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
The North Alabama Lions head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 10-10. So far this season, North Alabama has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-2. The Lions’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, North Alabama has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 2-1.
North Alabama will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Daniel Ortiz who is averaging 11.85 points per game for the Lions. Ortiz is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Lions’ offensive game plan is the play of KJ Johnson who has hit 48.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.25 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Alabama this season, as they are currently ranked 256th in college basketball at 69.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Lions’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.6%, placing them 384th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: North Alabama Lions -4.5
According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the Central Arkansas Bears and North Alabama Lions is to get money down on the North Alabama to win an cover as -4.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the home team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 8.27 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the North Alabama Lions at -4.5.
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