Looking to win big? The Sharks and Warriors face off at 3:00 ET on NEC. The Warriors are hosting the game at Hammel Court in North Andover, MA. The over/under for this Northeast conference contest is set at 139 points, with Merrimack College being favored by -11.5 at home against LIU.

LIU SHARKS VS MERRIMACK COLLEGE WARRIORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: LIU Sharks +11.5

This game will be played at Hammel Court at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE LIU SHARKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Sharks.
  • Not only will LIU pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +11.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Are the Sharks Ready for a Win at North Andover?

LIU Brooklyn has struggled on the road this season, going just 2-13 away from home. Their average margin of defeat on the road is -15.9, and they have lost four straight games.

Overall, the Sharks are 6-18 this season, including a 5-7 record in the Northeast Conference. In their last game, they fell to Fairleigh Dickinson by a score of 84-82.

As the underdog this season, LIU has gone 12-10 vs. the spread. Their road ATS mark is 8-7, and they have gone 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three road games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Sharks have an ATS record of 6-4.

Today’s over/under line of 139 is lower than the average over/under line in LIU’s games this season (146.5). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 152 points.

LIU recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 82 points against Fairleigh Dickinson. This output exceeded their season average of 66.6 points per game. Leading LIU in scoring vs. Fairleigh Dickinson was Tana Kopa with his 18 points. R.J. Greene also added 18 points for the Sharks.

Currently, the Sharks’ defense holds the 286th rank in the nation, allowing 77.4 points per game. So far, the LIU defense is giving up an average of 9.4 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.8 times per game (693rd).

Will Merrimack College Live Up to Expectations at Home?

After defeating Stonehill by a score of 66-63, Merrimack College has won seven straight games and now has an overall record of 16-10. The Warriors are 10-2 in Northeast Conference action compared to a mark of 6-8 in non-conference games.

At home, Merrimack is 7-2 this season and has gone 8-2 in its last 10 games. So far, the Warriors have been favored in 16 of their 26 games, going 12-4 in those matchups.

As the favorite this season, Merrimack has gone 7-8-1 vs. the spread and is 4-5-1 in their last 10 games as the favorite. At home, the Warriors are 5-4 ATS this year and 5-4 in their last 10 games as the favorite.

On the season, the over/under record for Merrimack games is 10-14, and today’s line of 139 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (134.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points, and their OU record during that stretch is 1-2.

In their recent matchup, the Merrimack College offense ended with 66 points against Stonehill. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 43.6% and made 7 threes. The Merrimack College offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 22.9 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 29% of their looks from outside this season.

At present, the Warriors’ defense is nationally ranked 40th, allowing 66.0 points per game. Against Stonehill, the Warriors’ defense gave up 63 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Stonehill only made 5 free-throws.