Betting on today’s Lions and Cowboys game? Catch the action at The Legacy Center in Lake Charles, LA, as the Cowboys hosts this showdown at 5:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 132.5 points, and the Cowboys are the home favorites against the Lions in a Southland conference matchup.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LIONS VS MCNEESE STATE COWBOYS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Southeastern Louisiana Lions +13
This game will be played at The Legacy Center at 5:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.
WHY BET THE SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LIONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Cowboys.
- Even though we have McNeese State winning straight-up, we like Southeastern Louisiana at +13.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 132.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.
Can the Lions Grab a Win in Lake Charles?
So far this season, Southeastern Louisiana has struggled on the road, going just 2-8 in those games. Their average scoring margin on the road is -13.0, and they are 2-7 as the underdog.
Most recently, the Lions lost to Nicholls by a score of 66-61, and they are 2-1 in their last three games away from home.
Against the spread, Southeastern Louisiana is 5-7 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-5 and over their last 10 road games, they are 5-5 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Lions have gone 5-4 vs. the spread this year and their last 10 games as the underdog have produced a 6-4 ATS record.
This season, the over/under record for Southeastern Louisiana is 4-8 and today’s line of 132.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (145.1). So far, 12 of their games have had higher over/under lines than 132.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 139 points.
In their recent matchup, the Southeastern Louisiana offense ended with 61 points against Nicholls. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44.8% and made 3 threes. Offensively, the Lions hold a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, placing them 318th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 244th in terms of percentage and 261st in three-pointers made.
Coming into today’s game, the Southeastern Louisiana defense is giving up an average of 71.5 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Southeastern Louisiana defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Nicholls knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 66 points.
Can the Cowboys Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?
McNeese State has been dominant at home this season, going 3-0 with an average scoring margin of +10.7. They have also won their last three games at home and are 9-1 in their last 10.
Overall, the Cowboys have won seven straight games, and they are 13-2 this season. In Southland Conference play, they are 2-0, and their non-conference record is 11-2.
McNeese State’s ATS record this season is 7-4 and they are 2-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cowboys are just 4-6 vs. the spread.
McNeese State’s over/under record for the season sits at 5-6 and the average scoring total in their games is 139.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 132.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this season (141.9). So far, 11 of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s line of 132.5. In their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 143 points.
In contrast to their season average of 79.4 points per game, the McNeese State had a below average performance. They scored 68 points against Northwestern State and had a field goal percentage of 40%. On the offensive front, the Cowboys have a season-long field goal percentage of 49%, ranking 52nd nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 24th in terms of percentage and 189th in three-pointers made.
McNeese State’s defense has been playing well, ranking 7th nationally, with 59.7 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, McNeese State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 32.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 26.9% this season.