The Great Danes and Highlanders are set to face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Highlanders will host the game at NJIT Wellness and Events Center in Newark, NJ. In this America East matchup, the Great Danes are the betting favorite against the Highlanders. The over/under for the game is 152 points.
ALBANY GREAT DANES VS NJIT HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: NJIT Highlanders +3.5
This game will be played at NJIT Wellness and Events Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE NJIT HIGHLANDERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Highlanders.
- Not only will NJIT pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 152 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Do the Great Danes Have What it Takes on the Road?
Albany comes into today’s game as the favorite, favored by 3.5 points. So far this season, the Great Danes have gone 8-7 overall and 3-7 on the road. In their last game, Albany fell to Harvard by a score of 76-71.
Over their last ten road games, the Great Danes have gone just 3-7. On the season, Albany has been favored in five games, and they have won all five of those contests.
When looking at Albany’s ATS record this season, they are currently 8-6. In games where they are the favorite, they have gone 4-1 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-5, and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-4.
On the season, the over/under record for Albany is 7-5-2 and today’s line of 152 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (146.5). So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-1-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 154 points.
In contrast to their season average of 77 points per game, the Albany had a below average performance. They scored 71 points against Harvard and had a field goal percentage of 48.3%. Leading the team in scoring is Sebastian Thomas, who is averaging 17.9 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Amar’e Marshall also maintains a PPG average of 15.5 heading into game.
So far, the Great Danes’ defense is ranked 208th in the country at 74.6 points per contest. Against Harvard in their most recent game, the Albany defense gave up a total of 76 points while allowing Harvard to hit 46% of their shots.
Is A Home Victory Likely for Underdog NJIT?
Coming into today’s game, NJIT is the underdog with a record of 4-8. So far, they have been the underdog in 10 of their 12 games. In their last game, they faced Morgan State and won by a score of 69-53.
At home this season, the Highlanders are 2-2 and have an average scoring margin of -1.2 points per game. Over their last 10 home games, they are 5-5.
As the underdog, NJIT has gone 4-6 vs. the spread this season and are 5-6 overall. At home, the Highlanders have an ATS mark of 2-2 and are 6-3 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games. Their ATS record as the underdog over their last 10 games is 4-6.
This season, NJIT games have an over/under record of 6-5 and today’s line of 152 is higher than the average OU line in their games (141.4). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 156 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-4.
In their previous game, the Highlanders’ offense finished with 69 points, which is right in line with their current average of 72.1 points per contest. The top scorer for the Highlanders was KJELL De Graaf with 15 points, while Elijah Buchanan also added 14 to the scoreboard.
Currently, the Highlanders’ defense holds the 228th rank in the nation, allowing 75.8 points per game. The NJIT defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 53 points and allowed Morgan State to connect on 4 threes.