NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Mavericks underdogs vs Bison at North Dakota State
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks vs North Dakota State Bison Odds
The North Dakota State Bison will try to cover the spread at Bison Sports Arena on Thursday when they get a visit from the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks in NCAA basketball action.
The Bison sit at 5-2 (3-2 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Mavericks are currently 2-5 (2-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? North Dakota State is 1-0 OU, and Nebraska Omaha is 0-0 OU.
Bettors looking to side with North Dakota State in this one found them as 20-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bison, most recently No. 36 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Mavericks, who rate No. 321 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 81-60 victory for the Bison.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Dakota State's No. 145-ranked offense, averaging 70.3 PPG, against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 336 at 80.1 PPG. The Bison field goal percentage has averaged 45.9% so far, more than the Mavericks marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.4% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Nebraska Omaha owns the country's No. 264-rated mark, allowing 77 points per game on the highway. North Dakota State, on the other hand, rates No. 46 in scoring at home.
Nebraska Omaha was a 68-66 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Chicago State. Nebraska Omaha earned a 68-66 victory over Chicago State on Saturday, getting 17 points from Alex Phillips at Athletics-Recreation Center.
North Dakota State lost its last outing, a 74-59 result against Wisc-Green Bay on November 24. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog. Lawrence Alexander scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Bison to a win (they lost 74-59 to Wisc-Green Bay at Resch Center on Saturday).
Nebraska Omaha at South Dakota State, Saturday, December 1
North Dakota State at Morehead State, Wednesday, December 5