Check out our free Oral Roberts vs North Dakota State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Fargo. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Oral Roberts vs North Dakota State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Golden Eagles vs Bison Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles at North Dakota State Bison
- Where: Fargo at Scheels Center
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Oral Roberts -7, ORAL -316 | NDKST +245 O/U 151.5
Golden Eagles Preview:
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 15-4. On the road, the Golden Eagles will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 4-4. So far, the Golden Eagles have been favored 12 times, going 11-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Oral Roberts as -7 point favorites.
Oral Roberts will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Max Abmas who is averaging 21.71 points per game for the Golden Eagles. Abmas 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 Golden Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Connor Vanover who has hit 49.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.47 points per game.
Through 19 games, Oral Roberts has been playing well on offense, averaging 83.3 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Golden Eagles’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.1% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 12.13 made 3’s per contest.
The North Dakota State Bison will be looking to pick up their 20th win of the season and are in the middle of a 5 game win streak. Currently, the Bison have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 4-3. So far, the Bison have been the underdog 13 times, going 3-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7 underdogs on the spread.
Grant Nelson comes into today’s game as the Bison’s leading scorer at 15.69 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 8.0 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 13.61 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.6% of his shots and is adding 4.89 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%.
Free Spread Prediction: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -7
Heading into this matchup, with the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles sitting as -7 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Oral Roberts and North Dakota State are averaging 12.13 and 7.61 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Oral Roberts has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 5-4-1 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Golden Eagles to cover at -7.