Check out our free Northwestern State vs McNeese State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Lake Charles. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Northwestern State vs McNeese State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Demons vs Cowboys Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Northwestern State Demons at McNeese State Cowboys
  • Where: Lake Charles at The Legacy Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Northwestern State -4.5, NWST -206 | MCNST +165 O/U 139.0

Demons Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Northwestern State Demons are in the middle of a 4 game losing streak and have an overall record of 8-6. On the road, the Demons will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Demons have been favored 3 times, going 2-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Northwestern State as -4.5 point favorites.

Northwestern State’s leading scorer this season is Demarcus Sharp who is averaging 15.86 points per contest. So far, Sharp has accounted for 22.63% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.79 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Ja’Monta Black is the second leading scorer for the Demons, averaging 14.08 points per game. Between him and Black, they are accounting for 41.3% of the team’s scoring.

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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 14 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.

Cowboys Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Northwestern State, the McNeese State Cowboys will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 4-10. Currently, the Cowboys have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 2-3. So far, the Cowboys have been the underdog 9 times, going 1-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.

McNeese State’s leading scorer this season is Trae English who is averaging 12.0 points per contest. So far, English has accounted for 18.63% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 1.64 rebounds per game and 3.21 assists. Christian Shumate is the second leading scorer for the Cowboys, averaging 10.71 points per game. Between him and Shumate, they are accounting for 35.3% of the team’s scoring.

McNeese State comes into today’s matchup vs Northwestern State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.2 points per game. Through 14 games, they have hit 45.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Cowboys’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 174th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Northwestern State Demons -4.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Northwestern State Demons to pick up the win and cover the spread as -4.5 point betting favorites. Although Northwestern State as a team is just 174th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Cowboys’ defense. In addition, the Demons have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 7-3 (last 10). At -4.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Demons to come out on top and cover.

 


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