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Northern Arizona vs Sacramento State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Lumberjacks vs Hornets Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Sacramento State Hornets
- Where: Sacramento at The Hornets Nest
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Northern Arizona +8, NARZ +305 | SACST -399 O/U 133.5
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 5-13. On the road, the Lumberjacks will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 1-10. So far, the Lumberjacks have been the underdog 14 times, going 3-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8 underdogs on the spread.
Before getting a wager down on this game, keep a close eye on the injury report before tip-off, as the Lumberjacks’ top scorer Jalen Cone is listed as questionable. In his 17 games, he is averaging 17.41 points per game while providing the team with an outside shooting threat. If he is unable to play, the team will be losing their top outside shooter. Without Jalen Cone out of the lineup, Xavier Fuller is going to need to take on a bigger role. Currently, he is 2nd on the team at 10.83 points per contest to go along with 3.67 rebounds and 1.0 assists.
Coming into today’s game, Northern Arizona will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Lumberjacks are ranked 311th at 67.5 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 405th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Northern Arizona is close to the NCAA average at 35.6%.
Sacramento State heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-7. Currently, the Hornets have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 6-1. The Hornets’ are sitting with a betting line that is -8 points in their favor. For the season, Sacramento State has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 4-0.
Sacramento State’s leading scorer this season is Zach Chappell, who is averaging 15.35 points per contest. So far, Chappell has accounted for 22.14% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.76 rebounds per game and 2.12 assists. Callum McRae is the second leading scorer for the Hornets, averaging 12.47 points per game. Between him and McRae, they are accounting for 40.1% of the team’s scoring.
Coming into today’s game, Sacramento State will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Hornets are ranked 370th at 65.4 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 550th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Sacramento State is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.
Free Spread Prediction: Sacramento State Hornets -8
In this matchup between the Sacramento State Hornets and Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, we believe that Northern Arizona has a good chance of keeping the game closer than the odds suggest. The Lumberjacks have historically performed well as the underdog, going 3-2 against the spread in their last 5 games. Additionally, the two teams have different styles of play, with Sacramento State focusing on a faster pace and Northern Arizona preferring a slower game. We think this will work in the Lumberjacks’s favor, as there will be fewer possessions for Sacramento State to take the lead. Based on these factors, we recommend betting on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks to cover as the +8 point underdogs.