Betting on today’s Norse and Vikings game? Catch the action at Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH, as the Vikings hosts this showdown at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Horizon League conference game currently have the Vikings as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 147 points.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSE VS CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Cleveland State Vikings -4.5
This game will be played at Wolstein Center at 4:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.
WHY BET THE CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Vikings.
- Not only will Cleveland State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Will Northern Kentucky Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?
Heading into today’s matchup, Northern Kentucky is the underdog with a point spread of +4.5. So far this season, the Norse have an overall record of 8-7 and a conference record of 3-1.
On the road, Northern Kentucky is just 2-6 this season and have an average scoring margin of -9.4 points per game. In their last game, the Norse faced Youngstown State and came away with a 79-76 victory.
As the underdog this season, Northern Kentucky has gone 3-5 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 3-5, and over their last 10 road games, they are 4-6 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for Northern Kentucky games is 8-5 and today’s over/under line of 147 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (139.3). So far, 12 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 147. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.
Northern Kentucky is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 79 points vs. Youngstown State. This figure is more than their season average of 72.8 points per game. The team’s scoring leader is Marques Warrick, who holds an average of 19.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Sam Vinson is averaging 13.3 points per game this season.
The Norse’s defense is presently ranked 157th nationally, allowing an average of 71.5 points per contest. Northern Kentucky’s three-point defense is currently 118th in the country at 7.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.7% of their shots vs. Northern Kentucky.
Will the Vikings Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?
After dropping their last game to Wright State by a score of 82-70, the Cleveland State Vikings will look to get back on track as they host Northern Kentucky. So far this season, the Vikings have been dominant at home, going a perfect 7-0 and winning their last seven games at home.
Overall, Cleveland State comes into this game with a record of 10-6 and are favored by 4.5 points. In their eight games as the favorite, the Vikings are 7-1.
As the favorite, Cleveland State has an ATS record of 4-4 this season. Their home ATS mark is 5-2 and their last 10 favorite ATS record is 5-5. Over their last 10 home games, the Vikings are 6-3 vs. the spread.
On the season, the over/under record for Cleveland State games is 7-8 and today’s line of 147 is above the average over/under line in their games (144.6). So far, 13 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 and their average scoring total in those games is 152 points.
In their recent matchup, the Cleveland State offense ended with 70 points against Wright State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 38.9% and made 9 threes. Tristan Enaruna is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 17.3 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Drew Lowder brings a PPG average of 13.4 into the game.
At present, the Vikings’ defense is nationally ranked 144th, allowing 70.9 points per game. Against Wright State in their most recent game, the Cleveland State defense gave up a total of 82 points while allowing Wright State to hit 60% of their shots.