The Milwaukee Panthers (13-13, 6-7 Hor), 12.5-point underdogs, will be at BB&T Arena to meet the Northern Kentucky Norse (17-7, 10-2 Hor) in a Hor matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 137 points and action begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Milwaukee Panthers at Northern Kentucky Norse ATS Odds
Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Norse beat the Cleveland State Vikings 78-61, while the Panthers won big over the Green Bay Phoenix 76-58.
Milwaukee dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.6 (better than their season average of 17.1) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.3 (above their season average of 25.1). Green Bay was 26.5 and 18.8, respectively, for those same stats. Northern Kentucky, meanwhile, out-rebounded Cleveland State. The Norse had more offensive rebounds (10 vs. three), defensive rebounds (28 vs. 17) and total rebounds (38 vs. 20). Northern Kentucky was led by Drew McDonald, who finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Meanwhile, Bryce Nze had a good game for Milwaukee, contributing 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Northern Kentucky figures to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Norse rank 41st in offensive efficiency, while Milwaukee ranks 148th in defensive efficiency.
Of the Panthers’ 24 games that accepted bets, 15 have finished under the total. Milwaukee holds records of 13-13 straight up (SU) and 10-14 against the spread (ATS).
Games featuring the Norse also have a tendency to finish under the O/U total (61.9 percent). Further, Northern Kentucky is 17-7 SU and 14-7 ATS.
In their first matchup this year, McDonald led the Norse to a 91-64 victory. He recorded a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Northern Kentucky covered as a 4.5-point favorite and the two teams combined for 155 points, which was well over the projected point total of 139.5. Northern Kentucky had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (26.1 vs. 16.2). Milwaukee, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (12-16; 75.0 percent).
Milwaukee Panthers vs. Northern Kentucky Norse ATS Pick
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Northern Kentucky, ATS Winner – Northern Kentucky, O/U – Under
Northern Kentucky ranks 22nd in assists per game (17.0) while Milwaukee ranks 181st (13.0).
The Norse average 23.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 97th in the NCAA. The Panthers rank 110th in three pointers allowed per game (21.0).
The Norse rank 25th in steals per game (7.8) while the Panthers rank 150th (5.8).
Milwaukee ranks 81st in blocks per game (3.8) while Northern Kentucky ranks 145th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Northern Kentucky is 6-3 ATS at home, while Milwaukee is 3-7 ATS on the road.
The Panthers have 6 overs and 4 unders in 10 road games.
In 9 home games, the Norse have 7 unders and 2 overs.
The Panthers are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Norse are 3-2.
In their last five games, Milwaukee has 5 unders, while Northern Kentucky has 4 unders and 1 over.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 66.8 points per game (1.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.0 points per game (10.3 below their season average).
The Norse’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.8, down from 14.2 for the season.