Norfolk State at Howard Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/2/23
Howard Bison (17-12) vs Norfolk State Spartans (20-9)
Game Info: Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Burr Arena)
Betting Odds: Howard Bison -1 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Norfolk State Spartans will play the Howard Bison in a MEAC game on Thursday night at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, DC.
Norfolk State Preview
The Norfolk State Spartans are 20-9 (9-4) this season after they lost to NC Central in overtime by a score of 76-75 in their last game. Norfolk State shot 49.1% from the field and turned the ball over 17 times in the loss. The Norfolk State Spartans are averaging 76.7 points per game, 68.7 points against per game, 35.6 rebounds per game, and 13.5 assists per game. Joe Bryant Jr. has led the Spartans this season with 17.6 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 3.4 assists per game. Norfolk State is shooting 48.3% from the field, 74.5% on free throws, and 34.5% on three pointers this year.
The Howard Bison are 18-12 (10-3) this season after they defeated South Carolina State by a score of 82-78 in their last game. Howard shot 50.8% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the win. The Howard Bison are averaging 75 points per game, 73.5 points against per game, 35.1 rebounds per game, and 14.5 assists per game. Elijah Hawkins has led the Bison this season with 13.6 points per game, 6.0 assists per game, and 3.7 rebounds per game. Howard is shooting 45.8% from the field, 72.2% on free throws, and 37.4% on three pointers this year.
Norfolk State is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The over is 11-2 in Norfolk State’s last 13 games. Howard is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The over is 10-4 in Howard’s last 14 games. The favorite is 10-4 ATS in these two teams last 14 head to head meetings.
These two teams are at the top of the MEAC standings, with Howard having the one game lead in first place. Both of these teams have lost two of their last three games, but Norfolk State did drop a game to lowly Coppin State three games ago. This should be a great game, but I lean Norfolk State here. The Spartans have the defensive advantage and I think that will be the difference.