Betting on today’s Sharks and Pioneers game? Catch the action at William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, CT, as the Pioneers hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on NEC. The odds for this Northeast conference game currently have the Pioneers as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 151 points.
LIU SHARKS VS SACRED HEART PIONEERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: LIU Sharks +8
This game will be played at William H. Pitt Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.
WHY BET THE LIU SHARKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Pioneers.
- Even though we have Sacred Heart winning straight-up, we like LIU at +8.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 151 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Can the Sharks Grab a Win in Fairfield?
LIU Brooklyn comes into this game with a record of 3-11 and a two-game win streak. They are 2-0 in Northeast Conference play but just 2-9 on the road this season.
So far this year, the Sharks have been the underdog in all 14 of their games, going 3-11 in those contests. Their average scoring margin on the road is -16.3 compared to -10.0 at home.
As the underdog this season, LIU has an ATS record of 8-6. On the road, the Sharks are 7-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, LIU has gone 6-4 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for LIU’s games is 4-9-1. The average scoring total in their games is 142.9 points, which is lower than the average over/under line in their games of 146.7 points. Today’s over/under line of 151 points is higher than the average scoring total in their games this season and higher than the average scoring total in their last three games (143 points).
In their recent matchup, the LIU offense ended with 73 points against Stonehill. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 40% and made 6 threes. Tai Strickland is leading the team in scoring at 14.1 points per contest. Eric Acker has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.1 going into the game.
Looking at the LIU defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 78.9 points per game (302nd). In their previous game vs. Stonehill, the Skyhawks finished with a field goal percentage of 41% and a total of 68 points vs. LIU.
Can the Pioneers Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?
After losing their last game to Merrimack College by a score of 82-58, Sacred Heart will look to bounce back as they take on LIU. So far this season, the Pioneers have gone 4-3 at home, and they come into this game with a 7-10 overall record.
On the year, Sacred Heart has gone 5-4 when favored, and they are 1-1 in Northeast Conference play. Their average scoring margin at home is +2.0, and they have won their last two games at home.
Overall, Sacred Heart has an ATS record of 8-7 this season. At home, they are 4-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Pioneers have gone 6-4. In their last three home games, Sacred Heart is 2-0 ATS.
This season, the over/under record for Sacred Heart games is 8-7 and today’s line of 151 is higher than the average over/under line of 147.8. So far, nine of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 146 points.
Compared to their season average of 72.3 points per game, Sacred Heart struggled in their previous game. Against Merrimack College, the Pioneers scored 58 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 35.8%. Nico Galette is leading the team in scoring at 14.9 points per contest. Alex Sobel has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 11.9 going into the game.
At present, the Pioneers’ defense is nationally ranked 207th, allowing 73.1 points per game. In today’s game vs. LIU, the Sacred Heart defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Sacred Heart made 19 free-throws vs. the Pioneers.