Howard Bison at Norfolk State Spartans ATS Prediction 02/29/20

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The Norfolk State Spartans (13-15, 9-4 MEAC) wrap up their home schedule at Echols Hall against the Howard Bison (2-26, 0-13 MEAC). Action begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Howard Bison at Norfolk State Spartans ATS Odds

Both teams fell in their last contest. The Spartans lost big to the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 78-55, while the Bison lost to the North Carolina Central Eagles, 80-65.

Howard had a better free throw rate (0.154 vs. 0.086) while Norfolk State had a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 17.8). Devante Carter was a key piece for Norfolk State with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Charles Williams had a good game for Howard, recording 22 points.

In their first matchup this season, Carter led the Spartans to a 71-63 win. He registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Getting to the free throw line was one of Norfolk State’s largest advantages. They had 27 free throw attempts, while Howard had just 14.

Norfolk State could have their way on defense as they go head-to-head against one of the worst offenses in the NCAA. The Spartans currently rank 59th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.465), while Howard is 257th in effective field goal percentage (0.483). Ball security could be troublesome for the Bison. They rank 285th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 20.6 percent), while the Spartans force the 22nd-most turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.3 percent).

Howard Bison vs. Norfolk State Spartans Pick

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Norfolk State, ATS Winner – Norfolk State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Norfolk State ranks 90th in rebounds per game (37.0) while Howard ranks 280th in rebounds allowed per game (40.4).
  • The Spartans rank 39th in steals per game (7.9) while the Bison rank 153rd (6.0).
  • The Spartans rank 85th in three pointers attempted per game (24.1) while the Bison rank 215th in three pointers allowed per game (23.2).
  • Norfolk State ranks 158th in assists per game (12.8) while Howard ranks 277th in assists allowed per game (18.3).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Spartans’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, up from 4.7 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Bison have scored an average of 66.8 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.8 points per game (4.8 below their season average).