The Huskies and Cardinals are set to face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Cardinals will host the game at McDermott Convocation Center in San Antonio, TX. The odds for this Southland conference game currently have Incarnate Word as the -5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 151.5 points.
HOUSTON CHRISTIAN HUSKIES VS INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Incarnate Word Cardinals -5
This game will be played at McDermott Convocation Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.
WHY BET THE INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Cardinals.
- Not only will Incarnate Word pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 151.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.
Is an Upset Waiting to Happen on the Road?
Despite being 3-12 as the underdog this season, Houston Christian has won two straight games and is 5-12 overall. On the road this season, the Huskies are just 1-10, and their average scoring margin is -22.0 points per game.
Most recently, Houston Christian defeated New Orleans by a score of 88-80. Over their last 10 road games, the Huskies are just 1-9.
As the underdog, Houston Christian has been solid vs. the spread this season, going 10-5. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-5, and over their last 10 road games, they are 6-4 vs. the spread.
Today’s over/under line of 151.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Houston Christian’s games this season (156.2). So far, 10 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s number. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 151 points compared to their season average of 151.4 points per game.
Houston Christian is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 88 points versus New Orleans. This output is higher than their season-average of 71.6 points per game. Offensively, the Huskies hold a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, placing them 274th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 385th in terms of percentage and 362nd in three-pointers made.
At this time, the Huskies’ defense is positioned 303rd in the country, permitting 81.5 points per game. In today’s game vs. Incarnate Word, the Houston Christian defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Houston Christian made 19 free-throws vs. the Huskies.
Will Incarnate Word Live Up to Expectations at Home?
Incarnate Word comes into this game as the favorite, and they are 1-3 at home this season. Overall, they are just 5-13, and they have lost five straight games. So far, they have gone 0-4 in Southland Conference action.
For the season, the Cardinals have an average scoring margin of -6.0 points per game at home. In their last game, they lost to McNeese State, 80-66.
Incarnate Word’s ATS record this season is 7-7-1, including a 3-1 mark at home. However, over their last three games as the favorite, the Cardinals are 0-3 vs. the spread and just 3-7 in their last 10 games as the favorite.
Incarnate Word’s over/under record this season is 7-8 and the average over/under line in their games is 149. So far, 10 of their games have finished with less points than today’s over/under line of 151.5. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 155 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 3-0.
Incarnate Word offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 66 points against McNeese State. In that game, they made 11/27 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 40%. Offensively, the Cardinals have a season long field goal percentage of 42%, which is 301st in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 161st in percentage and 117th in three-pointers made.
The Cardinals’ defense is presently ranked 280th nationally, allowing an average of 78.6 points per contest. Incarnate Word’s three-point defense is currently 82nd in the country at 6.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.5% of their shots vs. Incarnate Word.