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NJIT vs Army Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 7th Betting Odds

Highlanders vs Black Knights Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: NJIT Highlanders at Army Black Knights
  • Where: West Point at Christl Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, December 7th
  • Betting Odds: NJIT +8.5, NJIT +310 | ARMY -420 O/U 139.5

Highlanders Preview:

Through 8 games, the NJIT Highlanders have an overall record of 1-7. So far, the Highlanders have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 1-4. For the season, NJIT has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 1-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Highlanders being +8.5 point underdogs.

NJIT will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Miles Coleman who is averaging 16.57 points per game for the Highlanders. Coleman 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 Highlanders’ offensive gameplan is the play of Souleymane Diakite who has hit 65.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.29 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for NJIT this season, as they are currently ranked 428th in college basketball at 63.0 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 Highlanders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.7%, placing them 335th in the NCAA.

Black Knights Preview:

Through 9 games, the Army Black Knights have an overall record of 4-5. Currently, the Black Knights have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 3-2. The Black Knights’ are sitting with a betting line that is -8.5 points in their favor. For the season, Army has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 1-3.

Army’s leading scorer this season is Jalen Rucker who is averaging 14.67 points per contest. So far, Rucker has accounted for 18.16% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.44 rebounds per game and 2.89 assists. Chris Mann is the second leading scorer for the Black Knights, averaging 16.12 points per game. Between him and Mann, they are accounting for 35.9% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Army this season, as they are currently ranked 228th in college basketball at 70.4 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 Black Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.3%, placing them 352nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: NJIT Highlanders +8.5

Our analysis for this game between Army Black Knights and the NJIT Highlanders points to NJIT covering the spread as +8.5 point underdogs. We the line for this matchup being set too high, leaving an opportunity for NJIT to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Highlanders are an excellent candidate to keep the final score closer than oddsmakers are expecting. In these situations, the better team’s pace of play can play a large role in them being able to cover such a large spread. However, given that both sides are near the NCAA average in possessions per game, NJIT won’t be forced to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Heading into the game, our model recommends locking in a bet on the NJIT Highlanders at +8.5.

 


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