The Northern Iowa Panthers (12-9, 8-3 MVC) battle the Drake Bulldogs (17-6, 8-2) Saturday for a Missouri Valley Conference game in Des Moines, Iowa. The contest at The Knapp Center is slated to tip-off at 6 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Northern Iowa vs. Drake odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Northern Iowa clocked a 78-65 win over Bradley Wednesday and has won three consecutive games. The Panthers are one of the top shooting teams in the league and have shot 48.4% over their three straight wins.
UNI’s last loss — an 82-74 overtime game Jan. 22 — came against these Drake Bulldogs. DU has won three straight games since. The MVC’s third-leading team in scoring with 75.8 points per game has scored 83.3 PPG over four straight wins.
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Northern Iowa at Drake odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Northern Iowa +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Drake -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Northern Iowa +3.5 (-107) | Drake -3.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 143.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Northern Iowa at Drake odds, lines, picks and predictions
Drake 73, Northern Iowa 69
UNI has underperformed in its last couple of road games and is playing away from Cedar Falls, Iowa, for just the second time since Jan. 19. The Panthers play at a faster-than-average pace and have sometimes struggled against slow-down teams like Drake.
Look for the Bulldogs to leverage an advantage in and around the paint. That’s a strength-on-weakness component of this matchup, and it makes the home five a worthy 70% consideration.
TAKE DRAKE (-190).
Against the spread
The favorite is 21-5-2 ATS in the last 28 UNI-DU meetings.
Peg the BULLDOGS -3.5 (-115) as a decent play, though one taking a back seat to the money-line action.
Not much wiggle on either side here: AVOID.
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