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Cleveland State vs Northern Kentucky Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Vikings vs Norse Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Cleveland State Vikings at Northern Kentucky Norse
  • Where: Highland Heights at Truist Arena
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Cleveland State +4, CLVST +155 | NKENT -190 O/U 125.5

Vikings Preview:

The Cleveland State Vikings will be looking to pick up their 20th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. On the road, the Vikings will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 5-5. So far, the Vikings have been the underdog 10 times, going 4-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.

Tristan Enaruna comes into today’s game as the Vikings’ leading scorer at 13.47 points per contest. Not only has Enaruna been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Cleveland State’s top rebounder at 6.42 boards per contest. Behind Enaruna, the team has benefited from the strong play of Deshon Parker, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.37 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.7% of his shots and is adding 3.26 boards per game.

Cleveland State comes into today’s matchup vs Northern Kentucky, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.6 points per game. Through 19 games, they have hit 47.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Vikings have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 420th in possessions per game.

Norse Preview:

Northern Kentucky heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-8. So far this season, Northern Kentucky has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-4. The Norse’s are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Northern Kentucky has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 8-5.

Northern Kentucky will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marques Warrick who is averaging 19.11 points per game for the Norse. Warrick 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 Norse’s offensive game plan is the play of Trevon Faulkner who has hit 40.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 8.84 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Northern Kentucky this season, as they are currently ranked 241st in college basketball at 69.9 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 Norse’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.6%, placing them 207th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Cleveland State Vikings +4

Our betting model for this contest between the Cleveland State Vikings and the Northern Kentucky Norse has identified Cleveland State at +4 as today’s best bet. Although the Vikings are the betting underdogs, we like how they have been performing vs the spread at away. Over the school’s last 10 road games, they have a record of 6-4 vs the spread. Although Northern Kentucky has shot well from behind the arc this season, look for the Vikings’ defense to put the clamps down with their 3-point defense. Our recommendation is to jump on Cleveland State to cover as +4 point road underdogs.


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