The Pioneers and Warriors are set to face off at 3:00 ET on NEC. The Warriors will host the game at Lawler Arena in North Andover, MA. This Northeast conference matchup has an over/under of 134.5 points, and the Warriors are favored to win at home vs. the Pioneers.

SACRED HEART PIONEERS VS MERRIMACK COLLEGE WARRIORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Sacred Heart Pioneers +4.5

This game will be played at Lawler Arena at 3:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE SACRED HEART PIONEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Pioneers.
  • Not only will Sacred Heart pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Is a Win at North Andover Possible for the Pioneers?

Sacred Heart comes into today's matchup as the underdog, with a point spread of +4.5. So far this season, they are 7-9 overall and have won their last two games. In their last game, they defeated Saint Francis U by a score of 79-67.

On the road, the Pioneers are just 1-6 this season and have lost their last five games away from home. Over their last 10 road games, they are just 2-8 and have an average scoring margin of -11.0 points per game on the road.

As the underdog this season, Sacred Heart has gone 3-2 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Pioneers are 5-5 ATS. On the road, Sacred Heart has gone 4-3 vs. the spread this year and their last 3 road ATS mark is 1-2.

This season, the over/under record for Sacred Heart games is 7-7, and today's over/under line of 134.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (148.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points compared to their season average of 145.1 points per game. So far, five of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line.

Sacred Heart's offense had a good outing, putting up 79 points against Saint Francis U. They achieved a 52.6% field goal percentage and went 13/20 from the free-throw line. Nico Galette is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 14.4. Meanwhile, Alex Sobel also brings a PPG average of 11.9 into the game.

At present, the Pioneers' defense is nationally ranked 173rd, allowing 72.6 points per game. In their previous game vs. Saint Francis U, the Red Flash finished with a field goal percentage of 52% and a total of 67 points vs. Sacred Heart.

Are the Warriors Ready for a Home Win?

After starting the season with a record of 4-8, Merrimack College has won three straight games and now holds a record of 7-8. In their last game, the Warriors defeated Fairleigh Dickinson by a score of 60-56.

So far this season, Merrimack is 3-1 at home and has an average scoring margin of +5.0 points per game on their home court. Over their last ten games at home, the Warriors are an impressive 9-1.

As the favorite, Merrimack has gone just 2-3 vs. the spread this season and is 5-5 in their last 10 games as the favorite. At home, their ATS record is 2-2 this year and 4-4 in their last 10 home games.

Through 15 games this season, the over/under record for Merrimack is 5-8 and today's line of 134.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (136.2). So far, their games have averaged 133.1 points per game. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 123 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Merrimack College offense tallied 60 points in a matchup against Fairleigh Dickinson. Their field goal percentage for the game was 46%, and they made 5 threes. The Merrimack College offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 22.8 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 28% of their looks from outside this season.

Coming into today's game, the Merrimack College defense is giving up an average of 69.6 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.4 threes per game vs. Sacred Heart. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.2%.