North Dakota vs. Western Illinois
Pick: Under 65.5 First Half
Tipoff: 7:00 PM EST
I am going to place a bet on the first half under in this game for several reasons. One of the main reasons is that when the public is heavily favoring the under for the full game, many bettors tend to overlook the first half line, which has proven to be profitable without the risk of the game going into overtime and ruining the under.
I believe that the total in the first half of this game will go under due to the defensive efficiency of Western Illinois, which is ranked 250th in the nation. Furthermore, North Dakota has struggled with converting field goals and is ranked 340th in the nation in overall field goal percentage.
Another reason for a low scoring half here is the shot selection of both teams. North Dakota tends to settle for more outside shots, which generally have a lower conversion rate, while Western Illinois usually gives up more opportunities in the paint and less opportunities behind the arc. Additionally, neither of these teams are typically high-scoring teams, and I believe their playstyles should lead to a more slow-paced, defensive game.
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