Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Pick
Can Oakland hand Northern Kentucky its first loss in Horizon League play when the two meet up tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Northern Kentucky is favored on the road, as the Norse are getting odds of -1 point against Oakland. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 159.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from the Athletics Center O’rena in Rochester, Michigan and will air live on ESPN2.
Northern Kentucky is off to a 2-0 start in the Horizon League following an 86-51 win over Illinois-Chicago. The Norse are 9-5 overall and 9-2 against the spread. Northern Kentucky is averaging 77.9 points per game on offense while allowing just 66.8 per game. Drew McDonald is putting up 17.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game to lead Northern Kentucky while Carson Williams is adding 14.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
Oakland is coming off an 80-79 loss at Green Bay to fall to 1-1 in conference play. The Golden Grizzlies are now 9-6 overall and 5-7 against the spread. Oakland is averaging 80.3 points per contest on offense while allowing 79.6 per contest on defense. Kendrick Nunn is leading Oakland with 25.3 points and 4.3 assists per game while Jalen Hayes is adding 20.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.
Oakland has won and covered in three straight meetings with Northern Kentucky and I expect another of both tonight. Oakland is coming off a tough loss to Green Bay, but the Golden Grizzlies have a tremendous trio of offensive talent. At home, Oakland is averaging 89 points per game while NKU is scoring just 69.5 per game on the road. The public betting is strongly with Oakland and I agree with them.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: OAKLAND +1