Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the River Hawks and Highlanders. The game is starting at 4:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Highlanders at NJIT Wellness and Events Center in Newark, NJ. Get ready to place your bets! Massachusetts-Lowell come into this America East conference matchup as the -7.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 145.5 points.

MASSACHUSETTS-LOWELL RIVER HAWKS VS NJIT HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: NJIT Highlanders +7.5

This game will be played at NJIT Wellness and Events Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.

WHY BET THE NJIT HIGHLANDERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Highlanders.
  • Not only will NJIT pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Will the River Hawks Win on the Road?

Massachusetts-Lowell has been great on the road this season, going 9-3, and they have won their last five games away from home. The River Hawks are favored by 7.5 points today, and they have been the favorite in 15 of their 22 games this year, going 11-4.

Coming into today’s game, Massachusetts-Lowell has an overall record of 16-6, including a 7-2 mark in America East play. In their last game, the River Hawks beat UMBC, 93-80, and they have gone 5-0 in their last five road games.

When looking at their overall ATS record, Massachusetts-Lowell is just 10-9 this season. However, their road ATS mark is an impressive 9-3. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the River Hawks have gone just 5-5 vs. the spread.

UMass-Lowell’s over/under record this season is 9-10 and the average scoring total in their games is 146.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 145.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (147.6). So far, 12 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 157 points.

Massachusetts-Lowell’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. UMBC, finishing the game with a total of 93 points. Their season average is now 80.5 points per game. One area that the Massachusetts-Lowell offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 100th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 49%.

Currently, the River Hawks’ defense holds the 88th rank in the nation, allowing 68.2 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.4 threes per game vs. NJIT. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 25.2%.

Will NJIT Win at Home?

After winning their last game against Vermont by a score of 63-61, NJIT comes into this game with an overall record of 6-15. At home this season, the Highlanders have gone 3-6 compared to their 2-9 record on the road.

As for the Highlanders’ average scoring margin, it sits at -4.2 points per game at home and -13.8 points per game on the road. They have been the underdog in 19 of their 21 games this season, going 4-15 in those matchups.

As the underdog this season, NJIT has gone 7-12 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 3-6 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 3-7. Their ATS record for the season is 8-12.

This season, the over/under record for NJIT games is 7-13 and today’s over/under line of 145.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (143). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points.

The NJIT offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 63 points versus Vermont. During the game, they attempted 22 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 42.6%. Leading the team in scoring is Tariq Francis, who is averaging 13.7 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Adam Hess also maintains a PPG average of 10.6 heading into game.

Currently, the Highlanders’ defense holds the 219th rank in the nation, allowing 74.0 points per game. NJIT’s three-point defense is currently 124th in the country at 7.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.7% of their shots vs. NJIT.