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Northern Kentucky vs. Cleveland State Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/19/23

Cleveland State Vikings (11-8) vs. Northern Kentucky Norse (11-8)
January 19, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -4.5 / Cleveland State Vikings +4.5; Over/Under: +126.5
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The Cleveland State Vikings and the Northern Kentucky Norse meet in college basketball action from the Truist Arena on Thursday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


Northern Kentucky is listed as a 4.5-point home favorite with an attached ML price of -211. The total for this game is set at 126.5 points.


Neither side has any injuries listed on their respective reports, so barring any last minute announcements, both teams will come into this game at full strength.

Matchup history

Northern Kentucky picked up a 78-72 win in the last meeting between these two teams back on January 30th, 2022, making it four straight wins for the home team in this matchup.


Cleveland State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600 while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 road games. Northern Kentucky is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall.


I’m leaning towards Cleveland State and the points here. The Vikings have done a good job getting back-to-back road wins and while I’m not sure they grab another here, I think this one is close enough that the points will factor in. NKU’s last two home games have been decided by a combined three points, so give me Cleveland State and the points here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Cleveland State +4.5

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