Betting on today’s Zips and Huskies game? Catch the action at NIU Convocation Center in Dekalb, IL, as the Huskies hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Zips are the favorites in this Mid-American conference matchup the against the Huskies. The over/under for the game is set at 149.5 points.

AKRON ZIPS VS NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies +5.5

This game will be played at NIU Convocation Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Huskies.
  • Not only will Northern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can the Zips Pull Off a Road Win?

Akron is preparing for their 13th game of the season, holding a record of 8-4. On the road, the Zips have a 3-3 record and at home, they are 3-1. As of today, Akron holds a 5-5 ATS record. Over their last five games, the team is 2-2 vs. the spread.

Akron’s games have, on average, featured 141.6 points per game leading to an over/under record of 5-5-0. Their average over/under line is currently 139.9 points so far. Looking at the Zips’ last three games, their over/under record is 1-1 with their games averaging 146 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Akron offense tallied 61 points in a matchup against St. Bonaventure. Their field goal percentage for the game was 43.8%, and they made 7 threes. The team’s top scorer is Enrique Freeman, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 17.7, while Sammy Hunter also carries a PPG average of 11.1 into the game.

At this time, the Zips’ defense is positioned 73rd in the country, permitting 66.4 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.8 threes per game vs. Northern Illinois. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.4%.

Will Northern Illinois Win at Home?

Northern Illinois, who is 6-6 this season, will be facing Akron. In their previous five home games, which includes last year, Northern Illinois has a record of 3-2. As of now, Northern Illinois holds a 5-5 record against the spread heading into today’s game. Throughout their last ten games this season, Northern Illinois has gone 0-4 vs. the spread.

So far, Northern Illinois’ games have averaged 159.8 points per game with the average over/under line being 154.2 points. The Huskies’ have recorded an over/under record of 1-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 151 points per game.

The Northern Illinois offense is coming off a game where they scored 74 points against Iowa. They posted a field goal percentage of 46.6% and connected on 11 threes. David Coit was the leading scorer for the Huskies, putting up 23 points. In addition, Zarique Nutter contributed 16 points.

So far, the Huskies’ defense is ranked 260th in the country at 78.4 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Iowa, the Hawkeyes finished with a field goal percentage of 50% and a total of 103 points vs. Northern Illinois.