Betting on today’s Eagles and Spartans game? Catch the action at Echols Hall in Norfolk, VA, as the Spartans hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPNU. The odds for this Mid-Eastern conference game currently have Norfolk State as the -6.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 135 points.

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL EAGLES VS NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: North Carolina Central Eagles +6.5

This game will be played at Echols Hall at 9:00 ET on Monday, February 19th.

WHY BET THE NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Spartans.
  • Even though we have Norfolk State winning straight-up, we like North Carolina Central at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will North Carolina Central Make it Happen on the Road?

North Carolina Central enters this game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Eagles are 13-10 overall and 4-2 in Mid-Eastern play. On the road, they are 5-8, and their average scoring differential is -6.5 points per game.

Recently, the Eagles have gone 3-2 on the road, and their record over their last 10 games away from home is 5-5. In their most recent game, they lost to Howard, 90-82.

North Carolina Central has been solid against the spread this season with an 11-6 record. On the road, their ATS mark is 8-5, and they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread as the underdog. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Eagles are 6-4 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 135 is identical to the average scoring total in North Carolina Central’s games this season. So far, their over/under record is 9-8. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-0 and the average scoring total is 148 points.

North Carolina Central is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 82 points vs. Howard. This figure is more than their season average of 75.4 points per game. Currently leading the team in scoring is Ja’darius Harris who comes into today’s matchup averaging 15.8. Fred Cleveland Jr. also heads into the game with a PPG average of 15.1.

So far, the Eagles’ defense is ranked 75th in the country at 67.7 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Howard, the Bison finished with a field goal percentage of 57% and a total of 90 points vs. North Carolina Central.

Will the Spartans Win at Echols Hall?

With a 6.5-point spread, Norfolk State is favored at home against North Carolina Central. The Spartans have been dominant at home this season, going 6-1 with an average scoring margin of +8.6. They have won five straight games at home.

On the other hand, Norfolk State is just 5-8 on the road, with an average scoring margin of -5.8. Overall, the Spartans are 16-9, including a 5-2 record in Mid-Eastern Conference play. They are coming off a 71-67 win over South Carolina State.

As the favorite this season, Norfolk State has gone just 2-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Spartans are 4-6 ATS. At home, their ATS mark is just 2-5 and they have gone 0-3 vs. the spread in their last 3 home games.

Today’s over/under line of 135 is lower than the average over/under line in Norfolk State’s games this year (138.4). So far, their over/under record is 8-12. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points and over their last 10 games, the average scoring total is 139 points. Currently, their over/under record in their last 10 games is 3-5.

In their latest game, Norfolk State offense put up 71 points against South Carolina State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 41.8% and made 5 threes. The top scorer for the Spartans was Jamarii Thomas with 18 points, while Jaylani Darden also added 14 to the scoreboard.

In the current season, the Norfolk State defense has excelled, sitting 68th in the nation by allowing 67.4 points per game. In today’s game vs. North Carolina Central, the Norfolk State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Norfolk State made 20 free-throws vs. the Spartans.