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North Alabama vs Lipscomb Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Lions vs Bisons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Alabama Lions at Lipscomb Bisons
- Where: Nashville at Allen Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: North Alabama +7.5, NAL +265 | LIPSC -345 O/U 148.0
The North Alabama Lions head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 9-6. So far, the Lions have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 5-5. For the season, North Alabama has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 4-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Lions being +7.5 point underdogs.
North Alabama will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Daniel Ortiz who is averaging 12.67 points per game for the Lions. Ortiz 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 Lions’ offensive gameplan is the play of KJ Johnson who has hit 47.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.47 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Alabama this season, as they are currently ranked 256th in college basketball at 69.4 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 Lions’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.6%, placing them 384th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs North Alabama, the Lipscomb Bisons will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 8-7. Currently, the Bisons have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 6-1. The Bisons’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Lipscomb has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 2-3.
Lipscomb’s leading scorer this season is Jacob Ognacevic who is averaging 15.13 points per contest. So far, Ognacevic has accounted for 19.93% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.73 rebounds per game and 0.6 assists. Derrin Boyd is the second leading scorer for the Bisons, averaging 10.33 points per game. Between him and Boyd, they are accounting for 33.5% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Lipscomb is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 34.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.72% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: North Alabama Lions +7.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Lipscomb and North Alabama are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 8.09 and 8.27 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the North Alabama Lions to cover as +7.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Bisons’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Lipscomb. At +7.5 we like the chances of North Alabama covering the spread as underdogs.