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Northern Illinois vs. Western Illinois - 12/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Illinois Leathernecks (4-7) at Northern Illinois Huskies (5-4)
Date & Time Monday December 17, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -9 -- Over/Under: 143.5
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and Northern Illinois Huskies meet Monday in college basketball action at the NIU Convocation Center.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks could use a big road victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 69.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 72.9 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Kobe Webster is averaging 17.6 points and 3.5 assists while Isaac Johnson is averaging 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. C.J. Duff is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Pyle is grabbing four rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Northern Illinois Huskies could also use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 80 points on 51.2 percent shooting and allowing 78 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Eugene German is averaging 21.6 points and 3.3 assists while Levi Bradley is averaging 17.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Dante Thorpe is the third double-digit scorer and Lacey James is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 41.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The Northern Illinois Huskies have won three of their last four home games.

The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The under is 7-3 in Leathernecks last 10 overall. The over is 6-1 in Huskies last 7 overall. The under is 7-2 in Leathernecks last 9 road games. The over is 7-1 in Huskies last 8 non-conference games.

The Northern Illinois Huskies aren't playing well enough to lay this sort of chalk, and they're one of the worst teams in the country defensively. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have played a ton of road games to prepare them for games like this and four of their seven losses have been decided by single digits. Western Illinois has also been the much better defensive team in this matchup. I'll side with the points in this contest, as NIU shouldn't be throwing out numbers this large.

Pick:
Western Illinois Leathernecks +9

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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