Planning on watching today’s Chippewas 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+. Central Michigan is favored by -1.5 in this Mid-American conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 136.5 points.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS VS NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies +1.5

This game will be played at NIU Convocation Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, March 5th.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Huskies.
  • Not only will Northern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Chippewas Have What it Takes on the Road?

Central Michigan is 16-13 overall and 9-5 in the Mid-American Conference. They have lost two straight games, and they are 7-9 on the road this season. The Chippewas are 6-3 when favored, and they are favored by 1.5 points today.

In their last game, Central Michigan lost to Ball State, 79-71. Over their last 10 road games, the Chippewas are 5-5, and they are 2-3 in their last five road games. For the season, their average scoring margin on the road is -11.8 points per game.

Central Michigan has an ATS record of 14-12 this season, but they have gone 6-3 vs. the spread when they are the favorite. Their ATS mark on the road is 7-9, and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-3-1.

Central Michigan’s over/under record this season sits at 10-15-1, and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (140.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 150 points.

In their previous game, the Chippewas’ offense finished with 71 points, which is right in line with their current average of 66.8 points per contest. Paul McMillan IV led the scoring for the Chippewas, contributing 25 points. Additionally, Derrick Butler chipped in with 16 points.

So far, the Chippewas’ defense is ranked 130th in the country at 70.7 points per contest. Against Ball State in their most recent game, the Central Michigan defense gave up a total of 79 points while allowing Ball State to hit 41% of their shots.

Can the Huskies Please their Home Crowd?

After losing their last game to Akron by a score of 80-73, Northern Illinois comes into this game with a record of 10-19. They are 4-12 in Mid-American Conference play and 6-7 in non-conference games.

At home this season, the Huskies have gone 4-8, and they are currently on a two-game losing streak. Over their last ten games at home, they have gone 3-7, and their average scoring margin at home this season is -7.3 points per game.

As the underdog, Northern Illinois has a 7-15 record vs. the spread this season. Their overall ATS mark is 9-18. At home, the Huskies have gone just 3-9 vs. the spread this year and their last 10 ATS record as the host is 1-8. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Northern Illinois is 3-7 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Northern Illinois’ games this season (151.1). So far, 22 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 146 points.

The Northern Illinois offense is coming off a game where they scored 73 points against Akron. They posted a field goal percentage of 46.3% and connected on 10 threes. Leading the team in scoring was David Coit with 35 points. Will Lovings-Watts also added 14 points for the Huskies.

Coming into the game, Northern Illinois will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 78.0 points per game (305th). On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.4 threes per game vs. Central Michigan. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 34.0%.