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Lamar vs New Orleans Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Cardinals vs Privateers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Lamar Cardinals at New Orleans Privateers
  • Where: New Orleans at Lakefront Arena
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Lamar +7.5, LAMAR +266 | NO -345 O/U 147.5

Cardinals Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Lamar Cardinals are in the middle of a 5 game losing streak and have an overall record of 4-10. On the road, the Cardinals will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 1-6. So far, the Cardinals have been the underdog 10 times, going 0-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.

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Lamar will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Nate Calmese who is averaging 15.14 points per game for the Cardinals. Calmese 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 Cardinals’ offensive gameplan is the play of Chris Pryor who has hit 38.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.36 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Lamar this season, as they are currently ranked 447th in college basketball at 61.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cardinals’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.9%, placing them 473rd in the NCAA.

Privateers Preview:

Through 12 games, the New Orleans Privateers have an overall record of 3-9. So far this season, New Orleans has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-3. The Privateers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, New Orleans has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1.

New Orleans will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Johnson who is averaging 17.27 points per game for the Privateers. Johnson 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 Privateers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Khaleb Wilson-Rouse who has hit 41.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.5 points per game.

New Orleans comes into today’s matchup vs Lamar, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.3 points per game. Through 12 games, they have hit 47.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Privateers’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 186th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Lamar Cardinals +7.5

Coming into this game, we see this as a classic opportunity to cash in on a contrarian play, as the public is likely to jump on New Orleans as the -7.5 point favorites. However, our analysis shows that the line for this game is set too high, and the Lamar Cardinals are an excellent bet as the road underdogs. While others might get scared off by the Cardinals’ recent record vs the spread at away (4-6), we are focused on the line and see it being set too high. In this scenario, we like Lamar to cover at +7.5.

 


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