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Nicholls vs Lamar Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds
Colonels vs Cardinals Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Nicholls Colonels at Lamar Cardinals
- Where: Beaumont at Montagne Center
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds: Nicholls -10.5, NICHLS -590 | LAMAR +425 O/U 143.0
Through 15 games, the Nicholls Colonels have an overall record of 7-8. So far, the Colonels have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 2-7. This season, Nicholls has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 2-0. For today’s contest, Nicholls has a betting line set -10.5 points in their favor.
Nicholls will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Latrell Jones who is averaging 15.27 points per game for the Colonels. Jones 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 Colonels’ offensive game plan is the play of Caleb Huffman who has hit 54.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.13 points per game.
Nicholls comes into today’s matchup vs Lamar, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.1 points per game. Through 15 games, they have hit 47.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Colonels are 87th in possessions per game.
The Lamar Cardinals head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 4-12. So far this season, Lamar has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-4. For the season, Lamar has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 0-12. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cardinals being +10.5 point underdogs.
Lamar will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Nate Calmese who is averaging 16.25 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 game plan is the play of Chris Pryor who has hit 38.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.75 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 they 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Lamar Cardinals +10.5
One reason we believe it is a good idea to bet on the Lamar Cardinals as +10.5 point underdogs at home is their tendency to control the pace of the game. This season, the Cardinals have often limited possessions and slowed the game down, which should help them stay competitive against a Nicholls team that prefers to run. Although Lamar doesn’t often fare well as the underdog against the spread, we think playing at home and presenting a mismatch for the heavily favored Colonels gives them an advantage.