Planning on watching today’s Lions and Governors game? Catch the action at F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville, TN, as the Governors hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Atlantic Sun conference contest is set at 139.5 points, with the Governors being the favored team playing at home against the Lions.
NORTH ALABAMA LIONS VS AUSTIN PEAY GOVERNORS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Austin Peay Governors -3
This game will be played at F&M Bank Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.
WHY BET THE AUSTIN PEAY GOVERNORS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-67 in favor of the Governors.
- Not only will Austin Peay pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.
Taking a Look at the Lions Chances in Clarksville
North Alabama is 1-7 on the road this season, and they have lost three straight road games. Over their last 10 games away from home, the Lions are just 1-9. On the season, they have been outscored by an average of 10.5 points per game on the road.
So far, North Alabama has been the underdog in seven games, and they are 0-7 in those contests. Their record in Atlantic Sun play is 1-2, and they are coming off an 81-72 loss to Eastern Kentucky.
North Alabama has not been a strong bet this season, going just 6-9 against the spread. As the underdog, the Lions are just 2-5 vs. the spread this year and have gone 0-3 ATS in their last three road games.
North Alabama’s over/under record for the season sits at 7-8 and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (146.8). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 146 points.
The Lions’ offense finished with 72 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 75.9 points per contest. Jacari Lane is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14.4. Meanwhile, KJ Johnson also brings a PPG average of 13 into the game.
So far, the Lions’ defense is ranked 225th in the country at 74.7 points per contest. In today’s game, the North Alabama defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 81 points.
Can Austin Peay Pull Off a Home Win?
After losing their last two games, Austin Peay will look to get back on track as they host North Alabama. So far this season, the Governors have gone 8-10, including a 2-1 record at home. For the year, they have gone 1-1 when favored.
Over their last ten games at home, Austin Peay has gone 6-4, and they are coming off a 91-77 loss to Lipscomb. On the year, they have gone 7-8 in non-conference games, compared to a 1-2 record in Atlantic Sun play.
When looking at Austin Peay’s ATS record this season, they have gone 9-6. In their last three home games, they are 2-0 ATS and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 5-5 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for Austin Peay games is 6-9. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 133.5 points, which is 2.9 points lower than the average over/under line of 136.4. Today’s over/under line is 139.5 points. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 149 points.
Austin Peay finished with 77 points in their game against Lipscomb. This total surpasses their season-average of 68.3 points per game. In terms of offense, the Governors have a season-long field goal percentage of 42%, putting them 337th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 239th in percentage and 177th in three-pointers made.
So far this season, the Austin Peay defense has been performing well, ranking 73rd in the country at 67.2 points allowed per contest. Austin Peay’s three-point defense is currently 43rd in the country at 5.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.6% of their shots vs. Austin Peay.