Northern Kentucky vs Oakland Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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The Northern Kentucky Norse (19-12, 14-6 Horizon) hit the court against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (13-18, 11-9 Horizon) on Thursday at 7:00 PM ET in Horizon action, aiting on ESPN+.

The Norse square off against the Golden Grizzlies in a game that Northern Kentucky is currently a healthy favorite by 6.5 points. The matchup has a point total of 134.5.

Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Odds

Point Spread for Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with bookmakers listing Northern Kentucky as the favorite.

Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Northern Kentucky has -301 odds to pick up the win, while Oakland is listed at +240 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 134.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
  • Arena: BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Betting Trends

Northern Kentucky is 12-17-0 against the spread this season. The Norse have come away with 14 wins in the 20 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Northern Kentucky’s games this year have gone over the total in 11 out of 31 opportunities (35.5%).

Oakland has played 31 games, with 12 wins, against the spread. The Golden Grizzlies have won 21.1% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (4-15). Oakland’s games this season have eclipsed the over/under 16 times in 31 opportunities (51.6%).

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Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Key Players to Watch

Northern Kentucky

Marques Warrick puts up 18.9 points and 2.9 assists per contest — both team highs. He is also posting 2.4 rebounds, shooting 44.7% from the field and 38.7% from downtown with 2.5 made 3-pointers per contest. Sam Vinson puts up 11.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3 assists per contest. At the other end, he puts up 2.4 steals (ninth in the country) and 0.3 blocked shots. Chris Brandon paces the Norse at 9.5 rebounds per contest, while also posting 0.7 assists and 6.5 points. Xavier Rhodes puts up a team-best 3.6 assists per contest. He is also putting up 7.6 points and 2.3 rebounds, shooting 45.3% from the field.


Trey Townsend tops the Golden Grizzlies in rebounding (7.6 per game), and puts up 16.4 points and 1.5 assists. He also averages 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. Keaton Hervey gives the Golden Grizzlies 11.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Blake Lampman is posting 10 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest, making 33.1% of his shots from the floor and 31% from beyond the arc, with 2.4 treys per contest.

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What you need to know about the Northern Kentucky Norse

So far this season, eight out of Northern Kentucky’s 20 Horizon games have gone over the point total. The Norse are posting 67.8 points per game (279th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while giving up 63.3 points per contest (28th-ranked). Northern Kentucky is 265th in the country with 30.4 rebounds per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 129th with 30.3 rebounds allowed per game.

Offensively, the Norse have fared better in home games this season, posting 72.2 points per game, compared to 63.3 per game in road games. With 8.3 treys per game, Northern Kentucky ranks 75th in the country. It owns a 35.3% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 125th in college basketball. The Norse are giving up 7.5 threes per game (216th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 36.6% (331st-ranked) from downtown.

The Norse have a 7-3 record against the spread while finishing 6-4 overall in their last 10 games. Northern Kentucky has gone over the total in four of its last 10 contests. Northern Kentucky has seen an increase in scoring lately, racking up 68.5 points per game in its last 10 contests, 0.7 points more than the 67.8 it has scored this season. Northern Kentucky’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (62.8) is 0.5 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (63.3).

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What you need to know about the Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Oakland has covered 10 times in 20 games with a spread in conference play this season. The Golden Grizzlies are 140th in the nation in points scored (73.3 per game) and 333rd in points conceded (76.2). Oakland is 313th in the nation in rebounds per game (29.1) and eighth-worst in rebounds allowed (34.9).

At home, the Golden Grizzlies score 78.4 points per game. Away, they score 69.6. Oakland is 206th in the country in 3-pointers made (7.2 per game) and 21st-worst in 3-point percentage (30.6%). The Golden Grizzlies are 332nd in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (8.7 per game) and 328th in 3-point percentage defensively (36.5%).

The Golden Grizzlies have a 4-5-1 record against the spread while finishing 4-6 overall over their last 10 contests. Five of Oakland’s past 10 games have gone over the total. Over its previous 10 games, Oakland is scoring 74 points per contest, 0.7 more than its season average (73.3). In their past 10 games, the Golden Grizzlies are ceding 76.6 points per contest, 0.4 more points than their season average (76.2).

Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Northern Kentucky, and we predict that Northern Kentucky will cover the spread (Northern Kentucky -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 134.5 points.

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How to bet Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland

You can bet on Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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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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