Looking to win big? The Demons and Colonels face off at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. The Colonels are hosting the game at Stopher Gymnasium in Thibodaux, LA. The over/under for this game is set at 144 points, and Nicholls is favored by -7 vs. Northwestern State in a Southland conference matchup.

NORTHWESTERN STATE DEMONS VS NICHOLLS COLONELS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Nicholls Colonels -7

This game will be played at Stopher Gymnasium at 7:30 ET on Monday, February 5th.

WHY BET THE NICHOLLS COLONELS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Colonels.
  • Not only will Nicholls pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -7.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Does Northwestern State Have What it Takes on the Road?

Northwestern State comes into this game with a record of 6-16, including a 4-5 mark in Southland Conference play. The Demons are 2-16 as underdogs this season, compared to 2-0 as the favorite.

On the road, Northwestern State has struggled, going 1-11 this season. Their average scoring margin on the road is -16.7 points per game, and they have lost two straight.

Northwestern State has an ATS record of 10-10 this season, including a mark of 6-6 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Demons are 8-10 vs. the spread this year and have gone 0-3 ATS in their last three games in that role.

Northwestern State's over/under record for the season is 13-7 and today's line of 144 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this year (147.2). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1.

In their recent matchup, the Northwestern State offense ended with 70 points against Texas A&M-Commerce. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 48.1% and made 3 threes. The team's scoring leader is Cliff Davis, who holds an average of 14.8 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Braelon Bush is averaging 10 points per game this season.

The Demons' defense is presently ranked 290th nationally, allowing an average of 78.2 points per contest. In today's game vs. Nicholls, the Northwestern State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Northwestern State made 17 free-throws vs. the Demons.

Will Nicholls Come Through as Home Favorites?

With a record of 11-10, Nicholls is coming off a 83-73 win over Houston Christian. Over their last 10 games at home, they have a record of 7-3.

On the season, Nicholls is 3-2 at home, and they have won their last two games at home. So far, they have been favored in seven games, going 5-2.

At home this season, Nicholls has gone just 2-3 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Colonels have a record of just 3-7 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record in Nicholls games is 10-8, and today's line of 144 is right around their average over/under mark of 145. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 159 points.

Nicholls is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 83 points vs. Houston Christian. This figure is more than their season average of 74.5 points per game. Offensively, the Colonels have a season long field goal percentage of 43%, which is 275th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 194th in percentage and 149th in three-pointers made.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Nicholls is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 75.8 points per game (254th). In today's game, the Nicholls defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 3 three-pointers while giving up 73 points.