Betting on today’s Vandals and Lumberjacks game? Catch the action at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, AZ, as the Lumberjacks hosts this showdown at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Big Sky conference game currently have Northern Arizona as the -3.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 139.5 points.

IDAHO VANDALS VS NORTHERN ARIZONA LUMBERJACKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks -3.5

This game will be played at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN ARIZONA LUMBERJACKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Lumberjacks.
  • Not only will Northern Arizona pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Idaho Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

Idaho comes into today’s game as a 3.5-point underdog, which is not surprising considering they are just 5-16 as an underdog this season. The Vandals have also struggled on the road this year, going 4-9, including a two-game losing streak.

Overall, Idaho is 10-17 this season, including a 4-10 mark in Big Sky play. In their last game, the Vandals lost to Northern Colorado by a score of 76-62.

As the underdog, Idaho has gone 9-12 vs. the spread this season and they are 11-13-1 overall. On the road, the Vandals have an ATS mark of 6-7 and they have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last three road games. In their last 10 games as the underdog, Idaho has an ATS record of 6-4.

Throughout their games this season, the over/under record for Idaho is 12-11-2 and today’s over/under line of 139.5 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 128 points and their OU record in their last three games is 0-2-1.

The Idaho offense is coming off a game where they scored 62 points against Northern Colorado. They posted a field goal percentage of 38.6% and connected on 8 threes. The team’s top scorer is Quinn Denker, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 12.6, while Julius Mims also maintains a PPG average of 11.4 leading up to the game.

Idaho’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 71.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. Northern Colorado, the Bears finished with a field goal percentage of 51% and a total of 76 points vs. Idaho.

Will the Northern Arizona Defense Show Up at Home?

At home this season, Northern Arizona has gone 7-3, and they have won their last two games at home. Overall, the Lumberjacks are 13-15, including a 6-8 mark in Big Sky games.

Coming into this game, Northern Arizona has been the favorite in seven of their 28 games, and they have gone 6-1 when favored. In their last game, they beat Eastern Washington by a score of 78-71.

As the favorite, Northern Arizona has gone just 3-4 vs. the spread this season and their ATS mark is currently 13-15. At home, the Lumberjacks are 6-4 vs. the spread this year and they have gone 2-1 ATS in their last three home games.

So far this season, the over/under record for Northern Arizona games is 12-15-1. Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (144.6). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 143 points.

Northern Arizona is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 78 points versus Eastern Washington. This output is higher than their season-average of 68 points per game. Currently leading the team in scoring is Trenton McLaughlin who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.6. Carson Basham also heads into the game with a PPG average of 11.9.

Facing Idaho, Northern Arizona aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 75.7 points allowed per game (263rd). In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Northern Arizona’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 47.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.3% this season.