Looking to win big? The Bison and Spartans face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Spartans are hosting the game at Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA. The over/under for this game is set at 136.5 points, and Norfolk State is favored by -2.5 vs. Howard in a Mid-Eastern conference matchup.

HOWARD BISON VS NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Norfolk State Spartans -2.5

This game will be played at Norfolk Scope Arena at 6:00 ET on Friday, March 15th.

WHY BET THE NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Spartans.
  • Not only will Norfolk State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can Howard Lock in a Road Win?

Howard has a record of 15-16 this season, going 10-5 in the Mid-Eastern Conference and 5-11 in non-conference games. On the road, the Bison are 7-11 compared to 7-5 at home. They come into this game having won their last game against Morgan State, 78-65. So far, they have been the underdog in 12 games, going 2-10.

Over their last 10 road games, the Bison have gone 6-4. For the season, their average scoring margin on the road is -4.0 points per game. Their record as the underdog this season is 2-10. For the year, they have been the underdog 12 times, going 2-10.

As the underdog, Howard has gone 4-7-1 against the spread this season and 11-17-2 overall. On the road, the Bison are 6-11-1 vs. the spread and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In their last 10 games as the underdog, Howard is 3-6-1 vs. the spread.

Howard’s over/under record for the season sits at 18-12, and the average over/under line in their games is 147.4. Today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year of 150.2. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 142 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Howard offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against Morgan State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 44.8%, and they made 7 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Bryce Harris, who holds an average of 16.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Marcus Dockery is averaging 13.6 points per game this season.

The Bison’s defense is presently ranked 241st nationally, allowing an average of 74.6 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Norfolk State, the Howard defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Howard made 21 free-throws vs. the Bison.

Will the Spartans Come Through as Home Favorites?

With a 10-1 record at home this season, Norfolk State enters this game as a 2.5-point favorite. They have won nine straight games at home, and their average scoring margin at home is +11.6 points per game. Overall, Norfolk State is 21-10 this season and has won three games in a row.

For the season, Norfolk State has been favored in 14 games, going 12-2 in those contests. In their last game, they defeated Coppin State by a score of 75-51. Over their last 10 games at home, Norfolk State is a perfect 10-0.

As the favorite this season, Norfolk State has gone just 5-9 vs. the spread. However, they have been perfect ATS in their last three home games and have a 12-15 ATS mark overall this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Spartans are just 3-7.

Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Norfolk State’s games this season (138.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 126 points, which is lower than the average over/under line for the season. So far this year, the over/under record in the Spartans’ games is 12-15.

The Norfolk State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 75 points vs. Coppin State. Overall their field goal percentage was 47.1% while connecting on 6 threes. Christian Ings led the scoring for the Spartans, contributing 17 points. Additionally, Jack Doumbia chipped in with 14 points.

This season, the Norfolk State defense has been impressive, holding the 56th position in the country while permitting an average of 67.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Norfolk State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.4% this season.