Planning on watching today’s Bears and Highlanders game? Catch the action at NJIT Wellness and Events Center in Newark, NJ, as the Highlanders hosts this showdown at 4:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 154 points, and the Highlanders are the home favorites against the Bears in a non-conference matchup.

MORGAN STATE BEARS VS NJIT HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: NJIT Highlanders -3.5

This game will be played at NJIT Wellness and Events Center at 4:30 ET on Sunday, December 31st.

WHY BET THE NJIT HIGHLANDERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-66 in favor of the Highlanders.
  • Not only will NJIT pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Bears Offense Score Enough on the Road?

As they prepare for their 16th game, Morgan State will face NJIT with a record of 4-11. In away games, the Bears have yet to win a game, going 0-9, while they have a 1-2 record at home. Prior to today’s game, Morgan State holds a 4-7-1 ATS record. In their last ten games, Morgan State is 3-1 vs. the spread.

So far, Morgan State’s games have averaged 151.8 points per game with the average over/under line being 148.5 points. The Bears’ last five games have finished with a combined 157 points per game and an over/under record of 3-1.

In their most recent game, the Morgan State offense put up just 44 points vs. the Virginia Cavaliers. Overall, they are now averaging 72.5 points per game which is 273rd in the country. Leading the team in scoring was Rob Lawson with 14 points. Kameron Hobbs also added 13 points for the Bears.

Currently, the Bears’ defense holds the 269th rank in the nation, allowing 79.5 points per game. Morgan State’s three-point defense is currently 82nd in the country at 6.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.9% of their shots vs. Morgan State.

Will the Highlanders Defense Show Up at Home?

In their most recent game, NJIT fell to Niagara by a score of 89-81. NJIT’s overall record now stands at 3-8. In their last five home games, including those from last year, NJIT has a record of 2-3. NJIT’s performance vs. the spread heading into today’s game stands at 4-6. Over their last ten games, NJIT has gone 2-2 vs. the spread.

So far, NJIT’s games have averaged 147.4 points per game with the average over/under line being 140.4 points. The Highlanders’ last five games have finished with a combined 157 points per game and an over/under record of 2-2.

NJIT’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 81 points against Niagara. They had an overall field goal percentage of 43.3% and made 14/21 free throws. Leading NJIT in scoring vs. Niagara was Tariq Francis with his 20 points. KJELL De Graaf also added 17 points for the Highlanders.

Looking at the NJIT defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 77.8 points per game (253rd). NJIT’s three-point defense is currently 122nd in the country at 7.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.9% of their shots vs. NJIT.