Drake vs Northern Iowa: College Basketball Betting Picks, Predictions and Tips – February 17, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on February 17, 2021 - Last Updated on February 20, 2021

The Drake Bulldogs (15-2) visit the Northern Iowa Panthers (6-11) in a matchup of MVC teams at McLeod Center, beginning at 8:00 PM ET on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The Bulldogs are 5.5-point favorites in the game, the second matchup between the squads this season. The over/under is 140 in the matchup.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of February 17, 2021, 2:15 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Best Betting Odds

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Bulldogs (-5.5)

The Bulldogs are the bet in this matchup. They’re favored by 3.2 more points in the model than DraftKings (8.7 to 5.5).

Pick OU:
Over (140)

The model’s predicted total (140.3 points) and the DraftKings set total (140 points) are virtually the same for this contest.

Prediction: Drake 74, Northern Iowa 66

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Examining the Over/Under

  • The average implied total for the Bulldogs this season is 74.9 points, 1.9 more points than their implied total of 73 points in Wednesday’s game.
  • Drake has outscored this matchup’s implied point total (73) 12 times.
  • The average implied point total on the season for the Panthers (71.6) is 4.6 more points than the team’s implied total in this matchup (67).
  • Northern Iowa has totaled more than 67 points 11 times this season.

Implied totals are projected point totals for each team based on totals and spreads set by sportsbooks.

Drake and Northern Iowa Records ATS

ATS Record ATS Record Against 5.5+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Bulldogs 10-4 6-3 8-6
Panthers 3-12 1-1 6-8-1

Against The Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Last 5 Games


Northern Iowa
Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
2/14/2021 Loyola Chicago Win 51-50 2/14/2021 Valparaiso Win 74-60
2/13/2021 Loyola Chicago Loss 81-54 2/13/2021 Valparaiso Loss 70-57
2/10/2021 Northern Iowa Win 80-59 2/10/2021 Drake Loss 80-59
2/7/2021 Valparaiso Loss 74-57 2/7/2021 Indiana State Win 70-67
2/6/2021 Valparaiso Win 80-77 2/6/2021 Indiana State Loss 61-57

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