Planning on watching today’s Highlanders and Great Danes game? Catch the action at SEFCU Arena in Albany, NY, as the Great Danes hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 153.5 points, and Albany is favored by -6.5 vs. NJIT in a America East conference matchup.

NJIT HIGHLANDERS VS ALBANY GREAT DANES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Albany Great Danes -6.5

This game will be played at SEFCU Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

WHY BET THE ALBANY GREAT DANES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Great Danes.
  • Not only will Albany pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the NJIT Defense Show Up on the Road?

After a 71-64 win over Massachusetts-Lowell, NJIT has won two straight games and is 7-15 overall. The Highlanders have gone 3-7 in America East action and are 5-15 as the underdog. On the road, NJIT is 2-9, and its average scoring margin is -13.8 points per game.

Through 22 games, NJIT has been the underdog 20 times and the favorite just once. For the season, the Highlanders have gone 4-8 in non-conference games.

As the underdog this season, NJIT has gone 8-12 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-6, and over their last 10 road games, they are 5-5 vs. the spread. In their last three games as the underdog, the Highlanders are 2-1 ATS.

This season, the over/under record for NJIT games is 7-14 and the average scoring total in their games is 140.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 153.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (143.1). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points and their over/under record during this span is 1-2.

In their recent game, the Highlanders’ offense concluded with 71 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 68.7 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tariq Francis who comes into today’s matchup averaging 14.3. Adam Hess also heads into the game with a PPG average of 10.3.

In terms of defense, NJIT is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 73.5 points per game. In their previous game vs. Massachusetts-Lowell, the River Hawks finished with a field goal percentage of 40% and a total of 64 points vs. NJIT.

Does Albany Stand a Chance at Home?

Albany comes into this game with an 11-13 record, including a 3-6 mark in America East play. They have lost three straight games and are 5-3 at home this season. On the year, they have been favored in eight games, going 7-1.

Over their last ten games at home, the Great Danes have gone 7-3, but they are currently in the middle of a three-game losing streak at home. Albany is coming off a 69-57 loss to Binghamton.

Albany’s ATS record for the season is 11-12, and they are 6-2 vs. the spread as the favorite. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Great Danes are 7-3 vs. the spread.

The over/under record for Albany this season is 13-8-2. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 156.5 points, which is higher than the average over/under line in their games of 150.5 points. This year, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 153.5 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2.

Against Binghamton, the Albany had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 78 points per game. They scored 57 points and posted a field goal percentage of 31.2% in the game. Leading the team in scoring was Amar’e Marshall with 14 points. Sebastian Thomas also added 13 points for the Great Danes.

Coming into today’s game, the Albany defense is giving up an average of 78.6 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.8 threes per game vs. NJIT. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 27.7%.