Nicholls State vs Lamar Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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The Lamar Cardinals (9-21, 5-12 Southland) will be attempting to end a three-game losing streak when hitting the road against the Nicholls State Colonels (15-14, 10-7 Southland) on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at Stopher Gym. It airs at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN+.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Colonels and the Cardinals features the Colonels as substantial 15-point favorites. The over/under for the game is set at 146.5.

Nicholls State vs. Lamar Odds

Point Spread for Nicholls State vs. Lamar

The spread for this matchup is set at 15 points, with bookmakers listing Nicholls State as the favorite.

Nicholls State vs. Lamar Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Nicholls State has -1365 odds to pick up the win, while Lamar is listed at +783 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 146.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • Arena: Stopher Gym

Nicholls State vs. Lamar Betting Trends

In Nicholls State’s 25 games this year, it has eight wins against the spread. The Colonels have been chosen as favorites in 14 games this year and have walked away with the win nine times (64.3%) in those games. Nicholls State has hit the over in 33.3% of its opportunities this year (nine times over 27 games with a set point total).

Lamar is 15-12-0 against the spread this season. The Cardinals have won 17.4% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (4-19). Lamar’s games this year have hit the over on 13 of 27 set point totals (48.1%).

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Nicholls State vs. Lamar Key Players to Watch

Nicholls State

Caleb Huffman leads the Colonels at 16.5 points per game, while also putting up 1.5 assists and 5 rebounds. Latrell Jones puts up 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. Defensively, he delivers 1.5 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Marek Nelson puts up 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. At the other end, he puts up 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Emanuel Littles is tops on his squad in rebounds per contest (6.8), and also averages 7.8 points and 1 assists. At the other end, he averages 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocked shots.


Nate Calmese is averaging team highs in points (17.5 per game) and assists (2). And he is producing 2.5 rebounds, making 47.9% of his shots from the field and 37.7% from beyond the arc, with 2 triples per contest. Chris Pryor is posting a team-best 3.7 assists per contest. He’s also contributing 10.5 points and 2.7 rebounds, making 41% of his shots from the field, and 36.9% from beyond the arc resulting in 1.5 treys per contest. Cody Pennebaker is posting 5.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest, making 40.9% of his shots from the floor. The Cardinals get 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game from Jakevion Buckley.

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What you need to know about the Nicholls State Colonels

Nicholls State and its Southland opponents have combined to hit the over six out of 17 times this season. Offensively, the Colonels are averaging 76.2 points per game (71st-ranked in college basketball). They are giving up 73 points per contest at the other end (265th-ranked). This season, Nicholls State is averaging 31.1 boards per game (220th-ranked in college basketball) and allowing 31.4 rebounds per contest (196th-ranked).

The Colonels are putting up 83.8 points per game this year when playing at home, which is 12.1 more points than they’re averaging in away games (71.7). With 7.8 threes per game, Nicholls State ranks 137th in the country. It has a 34.6% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 169th in college basketball. The Colonels rank 138th in the nation with 6.9 three-pointers allowed per game so far this year. Meanwhile, they rank 200th with a 34.1% shooting percentage allowed from beyond the arc.

In their past 10 contests, the Colonels have two wins against the spread, and are 5-5 overall. In its past 10 contests, Nicholls State has gone over the total five times. On offense, Nicholls State has picked up its production slightly over its last 10 games, scoring 79.6 points per contest over that span compared to the 76.2 it has racked up over the course of this season. Nicholls State’s defense has been less stingy lately, as the team has given up 76.8 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 73 points per game its opponents are averaging this season.

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What you need to know about the Lamar Cardinals

Lamar has covered 10 times in 18 games with a spread in conference action this season. The Cardinals score 68.1 points per game and give up 74.9, making them 274th in the country on offense and 314th defensively. Lamar collects 32.7 rebounds per game and give up 32.7 boards, ranking 122nd and 284th, respectively, in the nation.

The Cardinals are putting up more points at home (70.3 per game) than away (63.5). At 5.7 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 32% from downtown, Lamar is 331st and 304th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories. In 2022-23, the Cardinals are 13th-worst in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (9 per game) and 208th in defensive 3-point percentage (34.2%).

The Cardinals have gone 3-7 over their last 10 games, with a 7-3 record against the spread in that span. Four of Lamar’s last 10 games have hit the over. Lamar is posting 68.4 points per game over its last 10 games, compared to its season average of 68.1. Over their past 10 games, the Cardinals are allowing 73.2 points per game, 1.7 fewer points than their season average (74.9).

Nicholls State vs. Lamar Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Nicholls State, and we project that Lamar will cover the spread (Nicholls State -15). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 146.5 points.

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How to bet Nicholls State vs. Lamar

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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