Planning on watching today’s Cardinals and Privateers game? Catch the action at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA, as the Privateers hosts this showdown at 5:00 ET on ESPN+. This Southland conference matchup has an over/under of 157 points, and New Orleans is favored to win by -4.5 at home vs. Incarnate Word.

INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS VS NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Orleans Privateers -4.5

This game will be played at Lakefront Arena at 5:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Privateers.
  • Not only will New Orleans pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can Incarnate Word Grab a Win on the Road?

Incarnate Word has struggled on the road this season, going just 2-10 away from home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -10.4 points per game, and they have lost four straight road games. Overall, the Cardinals are 6-14 on the season.

Today, Incarnate Word is a 4.5-point underdog, and they have gone 3-13 as the underdog this season. They are coming off a 71-66 loss to Texas A&M-Commerce and have gone 1-4 in their last five road games.

Incarnate Word’s ATS record this season is 7-10-1. On the road, they are 4-7-1 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Cardinals have gone 7-8-1 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Incarnate Word has a 4-6 ATS mark.

Incarnate Word’s over/under record for the season is 9-9 and the average scoring total in their games is 149.8. Today’s over/under line of 157 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (148.4). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. The average scoring total in their last three games is 147 and their over/under record over their last five games is 4-1.

Coming off their recent game, the Incarnate Word offense tallied 66 points in a matchup against Texas A&M-Commerce. Their field goal percentage for the game was 44.8%, and they made 5 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Sky Wicks, who holds an average of 14.3 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Josiah Hammons is averaging 13.1 points per game this season.

Coming into today’s game, the Incarnate Word defense is giving up an average of 78.0 points per contest. Against Texas A&M-Commerce in their most recent game, the Incarnate Word defense gave up a total of 71 points while allowing Texas A&M-Commerce to hit 41% of their shots.

Is a Home Win Possible for the Privateers?

After losing their most recent game to Lamar by a score of 98-73, the New Orleans Privateers have dropped five straight games. So far this season, they have a record of 7-14. In Southland Conference play, they have gone 2-6.

At home this season, the Privateers are 2-2. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 7-3. So far this season, they have been the favorite in five games and have gone 2-3.

As the favorite this season, New Orleans has gone just 1-4 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Privateers are 4-6 vs. the spread. At home this year, they are just 1-3 vs. the spread and over their last three home games, they are 1-2 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 157 is higher than the average over/under line in New Orleans’ games this year (151.6). So far, the over/under record in their games is 12-5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 168 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 8-2.

In their previous game, the Privateers’ offense finished with 73 points, which is right in line with their current average of 74.6 points per contest. Offensively, the Privateers hold a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, placing them 350th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 337th in terms of percentage and 333rd in three-pointers made.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, New Orleans is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 80.6 points per game (310th). The New Orleans defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 98 points and allowed Lamar to connect on 5 threes.