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Delaware vs Rider Pick & Preview: Monday, December 19th Betting Odds
Fightin’ Blue Hens vs Broncs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens at Rider Broncs
- Where: Lawrenceville at Alumni Gymnasium (Rider)
- Date: Monday, December 19th
- Betting Odds: Delaware +1.5, DEL +102 | RIDER -127 O/U 142.0
Fightin’ Blue Hens Preview:
The Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens head into today’s game in what will be their 12th game of the season, posting a record of 7-4. So far, the Fightin’ Blue Hens have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 2-3. For the season, Delaware has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Fightin’ Blue Hens being +1.5 point underdogs.
Delaware’s leading scorer this season is Jameer Nelson Jr. who is averaging 19.55 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 27.08% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.91 rebounds per game and 3.27 assists. Jyare Davis is the second leading scorer for the Fightin’ Blue Hens, averaging 17.09 points per game. Between him and Davis, they are accounting for 50.8% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Delaware is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 11 games, they have only hit 35.2% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 38.73% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Rider will take the floor against the Fightin’ Blue Hens with an overall record of 4-4. So far this season, Rider has played 3 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Broncs as the -1.5 point favorites. The Broncs have been favored 4 times, going 2-2 straight up.
Rider will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Dwight Murray Jr. who is averaging 19.38 points per game for the Broncs. Jr. is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Broncs’ offensive gameplan is the play of Mervin James who has hit 40.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.62 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rider this season, as they are currently ranked 307th in college basketball at 67.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Broncs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.2%, placing them 357th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens +1.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Rider Broncs are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1.5. However, we anticipate Delaware putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Broncs as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Fightin’ Blue Hens to cover.