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Nicholls vs Northwestern State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Colonels vs Demons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Nicholls Colonels at Northwestern State Demons
- Where: Natchitoches at Prather Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Nicholls +1, NICHLS -110 | NWST -110 O/U 147.5
Through 14 games, the Nicholls Colonels have an overall record of 7-7. So far, the Colonels have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. For the season, Nicholls has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 1-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Colonels being +1 point underdogs.
Nicholls’ leading scorer this season is Caleb Huffman, who is averaging 15.5 points per contest. So far, Huffman has accounted for 20.13% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.86 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists. Latrell Jones is the second leading scorer for the Colonels, averaging 15.5 points per game. Between him and Jones, they are accounting for 40.3% of the team’s scoring.
Nicholls comes into today’s matchup vs Northwestern State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.1 points per game. Through 14 games, they have hit 47.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Colonels are 87th in possessions per game.
Northwestern State will take the floor against the Colonels with an overall record of 8-7. So far this season, Northwestern State has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Demons as the -1 point favorites. The Demons have been favored 4 times, going 2-2 straight up.
Northwestern State’s leading scorer this season is Demarcus Sharp, who is averaging 15.67 points per contest. So far, Sharp has accounted for 22.21% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.0 rebounds per game and 4.13 assists. Ja’Monta Black is the second leading scorer for the Demons, averaging 14.14 points per game. Between him and Black, they are accounting for 40.9% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Northwestern State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 34.3% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 33.85% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Nicholls Colonels +1
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Northwestern State as the favorites with a line coming in at -1. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Nicholls Colonels to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Northwestern State at 7.31 made 3’s per game compared to Nicholls at 11.06. Look for Nicholls to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Demons.