Planning on watching today’s Colonels and Privateers game? Catch the action at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA, as the Privateers hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. Nicholls come into this Southland conference matchup as the -1.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 149.5 points.

NICHOLLS COLONELS VS NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Orleans Privateers +1.5

This game will be played at Lakefront Arena at 7:30 ET on Monday, February 19th.

WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Privateers.
  • Not only will New Orleans pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for Nicholls?

The Colonels have gone 5-9 on the road this season, and they are coming off a 74-47 loss to McNeese State. Over their last ten games away from home, they have gone 3-7.

Through 25 games, Nicholls has an overall record of 13-12. They have gone 8-4 in Southland Conference play compared to 5-8 in non-conference action.

As the favorite this season, Nicholls has gone 4-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Colonels are just 4-6 ATS. On the road this year, Nicholls has an ATS mark of 8-6, including a 2-1 record over their last three road games.

This season, the over/under record for Nicholls games is 10-12. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 147.4 points compared to an average over/under line of 144.3 points. Today’s over/under line of 149.5 is higher than the over/under line in 16 of their games this season. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 with an average scoring total of 126 points.

In their most recent game, the Nicholls offense put up just 47 points vs. the McNeese State Cowboys. Overall, they are now averaging 72.3 points per game which is 255th in the country. Diante Smith was the leading scorer for the Colonels, putting up 13 points. In addition, Rob Brown III contributed 10 points.

Coming into today’s game, the Nicholls defense is giving up an average of 74.8 points per contest. The Nicholls defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 74 points and allowed McNeese State to connect on 6 threes.

Will the Privateers Exceed Expectations at Home?

Despite being the underdog, New Orleans has gone 6-4 at home over their last ten games compared to their 1-14 record on the road. They have lost three straight games and are 8-18 overall, including a 3-10 mark in Southland Conference play. The Privateers’ average scoring margin at home this season is -3.1 points per game.

New Orleans’ average scoring margin on the road this season is -16.0 points per game, and they have lost 11 straight games away from home. The Privateers are 1-14 this season when considered the underdog.

As the underdog this season, New Orleans has an ATS record of 6-9. At home, their ATS mark is just 2-5. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Privateers have gone 3-7 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 149.5 is lower than the average over/under line in New Orleans’ games this year (152.6). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

Coming off their recent game, the New Orleans offense tallied 72 points in a matchup against Lamar. Their field goal percentage for the game was 38.6%, and they made 9 threes. One area that the New Orleans offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 33rd in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 42%.

Coming into the game, New Orleans will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 80.2 points per game (325th). In their most recent game, the New Orleans defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Lamar knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 94 points.