Planning on watching today’s Privateers and Buckeyes game? Catch the action at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH, as the Buckeyes hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on B1G+. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Buckeyes as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 156 points.

NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS VS OHIO STATE BUCKEYES BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Orleans Privateers +22.5

This game will be played at Value City Arena at 6:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.

WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Buckeyes.
  • Even though we have Ohio State winning straight-up, we like New Orleans at +22.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Are the Privateers Ready for a Road Win?

Heading into their 12th game of the year, New Orleans holds a 5-6 record. Looking at their last ten road games, New Orleans has gone 3-7, dating back to last year. As of today’s game, New Orleans holds an ATS record of 5-2. In their last ten games this season, New Orleans has covered the spread in 2 out of 3 games.

New Orleans comes in with an over/under record of 4-3-0 through 11 games, with their games averaging a combined 155.3 points per game so far. In their most recent three games, the Privateers’ over/under record is 2-0, with their games averaging 155 points per game.

In their latest game, New Orleans offense put up 72 points against San Francisco. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 47.1% and made 5 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Jordan Johnson, who holds an average of 23.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Khaleb Wilson-Rouse is averaging 10.9 points per game this season.

On the defensive side, New Orleans is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 74.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. San Francisco, the Dons finished with a field goal percentage of 49% and a total of 85 points vs. New Orleans.

Can the Buckeyes Pull Off a Home Win?

Ohio State has played 11 games so far this season and have a 9-2 record. In their previous 10 home games, Ohio State is 9-1 including last year. Ohio State’s ATS record is currently sitting at 4-5, which is below .500. Over their last five games, the team has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Ohio State have had an average of 144.7 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 142.1 points. Their over/under record is 5-4-0. Over the course of the last five games, the Buckeyes’ games have averaged 148 points per game, along with an over/under record of 4-1.

In their latest game, Ohio State offense put up 67 points against UCLA. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 44.6% and made 1 three. Currently leading the team in scoring is Bruce Thornton who comes into today’s matchup averaging 18. Roddy Gayle Jr. also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.7.

So far this season, the Ohio State defense has been performing well, ranking 61st in the country at 65.6 points allowed per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.2 threes per game vs. New Orleans. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 33.8%.