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Houston Baptist vs. New Orleans prediction, odds: 2022 college basketball picks, Jan. 7 bets from top model

Houston Baptist (4-7) and New Orleans (4-8) will face off in the second round of the 2022 Southland Basketball Tip-Off Tournament on Friday afternoon. Each team picked up a loss in their first-round clash. The Huskies fell to Southeastern Louisiana, 90-81, on Thursday afternoon. New Orleans, meanwhile, couldn’t overcome McNeese and lost a double-overtime battle, 92-82.

Tip-off is at 12 p.m. ET from Leonard E. Merrell Center. New Orleans is favored by 8.5-points, while the over-under is set at 149.5 in the latest Houston Baptist vs. New Orleans odds. Before locking in any New Orleans vs. Houston Baptist picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Houston Baptist vs. New Orleans and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see all of the model’s college basketball picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for New Orleans vs. Houston Baptist:

  • Houston Baptist vs. New Orleans spread:  New Orleans -8.5 
  • Houston Baptist vs. New Orleans over-under: 149.5 points
  • Houston Baptist vs. New Orleans money line: New Orleans -360, Houston Baptist +275
  • UNO: The Privateers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Friday games
  • HBU: The Over is 4-0 in Huskies’ last 4 Friday games

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Why New Orleans can cover

Guard Derek St. Hilaire is averaging a team-high 18.1 points per game. He has scored at least 20 points in seven matchups thus far this season. St. Hilaire is one of the best 3-point shooters on the team and has hit at least three 3-pointers in four matchups. In the win over VMI, St. Hilaire finished with 22 points, five boards while shooting 4-of-10 from deep. 

Junior forward Simeon Kirkland is third on the team in scoring (9.6), second in rebounds (5.3), and first in field goal percentage (.647). Kirkland has scored in double digits in six games, including two double-doubles thus far. In the loss to McNeese, he tallied 12 points along with 12 rebounds and three blocks. 

Why Houston Baptist can cover

Despite falling to Southeastern Louisiana, Houston Baptist had a great offensive outing. The Huskies shot 52 percent from the field and had 44 points in the paint. They also won the rebounding and turnover battle, so there are positive things to take from this contest. Houston Baptist knocked down nine 3-pointers and had three players who scored in double figures. 

Junior forward Sam Hofman had a terrific game for the Huskies. He scored a career-high 22 points while grabbing four boards. Hofman shot 9-of-15 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Junior guard Khristion Courseault gave Houston Baptist a spark off the bench, finishing with a season-high 17 points while shooting 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-7 from 3-point range. 

How to make New Orleans vs. Houston Baptist picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 151 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Houston Baptist vs. New Orleans? And which side of the spread hits over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.

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