Looking to win big? The Blue Devils and Warriors face off at 3:00 ET on NEC. The Warriors are hosting the game at Lawler Arena in North Andover, MA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 131 points, and Merrimack College is favored by -5 to win at home against Central Connecticut State.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE BLUE DEVILS VS MERRIMACK COLLEGE WARRIORS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Central Connecticut State Blue Devils +5
This game will be played at Lawler Arena at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.
WHY BET THE CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE BLUE DEVILS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Blue Devils.
- Not only will Central Connecticut State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 131 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.
Taking a Look at the Blue Devils Chances on the Road
Central Connecticut State will look to extend its three-game winning streak when it takes on Merrimack College. The Blue Devils are 13-8 overall, including a 6-1 record in Northeast Conference games.
On the road this season, Central Connecticut State is 7-5, and it has won its last six games away from home. For the year, the Blue Devils have been the underdog in 10 of their 21 games, going 4-6 in those contests.
Central Connecticut State has been a strong bet this season, going 11-6-1 against the spread. Their road ATS record is even better at 9-2-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Blue Devils are 6-3-1 vs. the spread. On the road, they are 8-2 vs. the spread this season and 3-0 over their last three road games.
Central Connecticut State’s over/under record for the season is 8-10 and today’s line of 131 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (139.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points and their OU record during that span is 1-2. So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 131.
Most recently, the Central Connecticut State offense finished with just 63 points vs. Saint Francis U. For the game, they hit 6/19 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 46.7%. Allan Jeanne-Rose is leading the team in scoring at 15.4 points per contest. Jordan Jones has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.8 going into the game.
At this time, the Blue Devils’ defense is positioned 50th in the country, permitting 66.2 points per game. The Central Connecticut State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 62 points and allowed Saint Francis U to connect on 6 threes.
Taking a Look at the Warriors Chances at Home
After winning their last game against Saint Francis U by a score of 74-55, Merrimack College improved their overall record to 12-10. With a win today, their win streak would reach four games.
So far, the Warriors have been much better at home than on the road this season. At home, their average scoring margin is +7.7 compared to -2.3 on the road. They have gone 5-2 at home and 5-8 on the road.
As the favorite this season, Merrimack has gone 6-5-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Warriors are 5-4-1 ATS. At home this year, Merrimack is 4-3 vs. the spread and their last 3 home ATS mark is 2-1.
Today’s over/under line of 131 for the Merrimack College Warriors’ game against Central Connecticut State is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (134.2). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than 131, including their last three games which have had an average of 113 points.
The Merrimack College offense is coming off a game in which they scored 74 points vs. Saint Francis U. Overall their field goal percentage was 40% while connecting on 4 threes. Jordan Derkack is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 17. Meanwhile, Adam Clark also brings a PPG average of 11.3 into the game.
Merrimack College’s defense has been playing well, ranking 48th nationally, with 66.2 points allowed per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.1 threes per game vs. Central Connecticut State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.3%.