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Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsNorthern Arizona Lumberjacks
1-18February 08, 2014, 08:30 | Walkup Skydome9-12

The visiting Southern Utah Thunderbirds hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Walkup Skydome against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.

The Lumberjacks sport a record of 9-12 and 9-10 ATS heading into this battle, while the Thunderbirds have 1-18 and 8-10 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-10 for the Lumberjacks and 7-10 for the Thunderbirds.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Lumberjacks installed as -13.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game puts the Lumberjacks, most recently No. 70 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Thunderbirds, who rate No. 337 in the latest survey.

Southern Utah lost its last outing, a 54-52 result against Montana State on February 1. They covered in that game as an 8-point underdog. Southern Utah suffered a 54-52 loss against Montana State on Saturday, getting 14 points from A.J. Hess in a losing effort at Centrum Arena.

Northern Arizona lost its last outing, an 87-70 result against Sacramento State on February 6. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point underdog. Aaseem Dixon scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Lumberjacks to a win (they lost 87-70 to Sacramento State at Colberg Court on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Arizona's No. 194 nationally ranked offense (68.23 points per game) against a Thunderbirds defense that sits as the No. 214 at 74.26 PPG. The Lumberjacks have been averaging 45.85% from the field, more than the Thunderbirds have managed so far this season (38.53% on average).

A few Thunderbirds at Lumberjacks trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Utah is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Arizona is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Northern Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Arizona's last 5 games
Northern Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Southern Utah at Sacramento State, Monday, February 10th
Northern Arizona at Portland State, Thursday, February 13th