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North Dakota State vs North Dakota Pick & Preview: Friday, December 30th Betting Odds
Bison vs Fighting Hawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Dakota State Bison at North Dakota Fighting Hawks
- Where: Grand Forks at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
- Date: Friday, December 30th
- Betting Odds: North Dakota State +1, NDKST -105 | NDAK -118 O/U 142.0
The North Dakota State Bison head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 3-11. On the road, the Bison will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 1-8. So far, the Bison have been the underdog 11 times, going 1-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Grant Nelson comes into today’s game as the Bison’s leading scorer at 15.91 points per contest. Not only has Nelson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Dakota State’s top rebounder at 8.09 boards per contest. Behind Nelson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Boden Skunberg who is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.5% of his shots and is adding 4.46 boards per game.
On offense, North Dakota State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 434th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Bison’s are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. So far, 37.33% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.8%.
Fighting Hawks Preview:
North Dakota heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-8. So far this season, North Dakota has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-3. The Fighting Hawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, North Dakota has been favored to win in 1 game, sitting with a mark of 1-0.
North Dakota’s leading scorer this season is B.J. Omot who is averaging 11.43 points per contest. So far, Omot has accounted for 16.21% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.14 rebounds per game and 1.14 assists. Matt Norman is the second leading scorer for the Fighting Hawks, averaging 8.21 points per game. Between him and Norman, they are accounting for 27.9% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Dakota this season, as they are currently ranked 232nd in college basketball at 70.3 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 Fighting Hawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 221st in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: North Dakota State Bison +1
Heading into this matchup between the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and North Dakota State Bison we have a strong lean on taking the points with North Dakota State at +1. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for North Dakota State to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the North Dakota State Bison at +1. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.