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College baskeball point spread favors Buffaloes in battle with Lumberjacks

Northern Arizona LumberjacksColorado Buffaloes
Dec 21, 8:30 PM | Coors Events Center

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs Colorado Buffaloes Odds


The Colorado Buffaloes will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Coors Events Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Buffaloes sport records of 8-2 and 6-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Lumberjacks have 4-6 and 5-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-3 for the Buffaloes and 3-1 for the Lumberjacks.

View Northern Arizona vs Colorado Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Buffaloes were listed as 20.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Buffaloes sit at No. 51 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Lumberjacks sit at No. 276 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Buffaloes will win this game 73-63.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Colorado's No. 136 nationally ranked offense (69.9 points per game) against a Lumberjacks defense that sits as the No. 323 at 75.6 PPG. The Buffaloes have been averaging 44.8% from the field, more than the Lumberjacks have managed so far this season (43.9% on average).

Defensively, Northern Arizona features the nation's No. 345-rated defense on the road, allowing 87.5 points per game. Colorado, meanwhile, comes in at No. 87 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Northern Arizona was a 62-56 loser at home against Montana. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Gabe Rogers scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Lumberjacks to a win (they lost 62-56 to Montana at Walkup Skydome on Wednesday).

Colorado was a 50-43 winner in its last match on the road against Fresno State. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. Colorado got 17 points from Andre Roberson en route to a 50-43 victory over Fresno State on Wednesday at Save Mart Center.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing BYU are 0-1
After playing Montana are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Colorado Buffaloes Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Fresno State are 0-1
After a win are 7-3

A few Lumberjacks at Buffaloes trends to consider:
Northern Arizona is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Northern Arizona is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Colorado is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games

Next up:
Northern Arizona at BYU, Thursday, December 27
Colorado home to Hartford, Saturday, December 29