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Manhattan vs Niagara Pick & Preview: Friday, January 27th Betting Odds
Jaspers vs Purple Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Manhattan Jaspers at Niagara Purple Eagles
- Where: Niagara Falls at Gallagher Center
- Date: Friday, January 27th
- Betting Odds: Manhattan +6, MANH +215 | NIAGRA -275 O/U 127.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Niagara, the Manhattan Jaspers will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 6-12. On the road, the Jaspers will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 3-6. So far, the Jaspers have been the underdog 14 times, going 5-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.
Manhattan’s leading scorer this season is Anthony Nelson, who is averaging 14.83 points per contest. So far, Nelson has accounted for 21.76% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.78 rebounds per game and 4.5 assists. Josh Roberts is the second leading scorer for the Jaspers, averaging 12.27 points per game. Between him and Roberts, they are accounting for 36.8% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Manhattan this season, as they are currently ranked 210th in college basketball at 70.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Jaspers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.7%, placing them 438th in the NCAA.
Purple Eagles Preview:
Through 19 games, the Niagara Purple Eagles have an overall record of 10-9. Currently, the Purple Eagles have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. The Purple Eagles’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6 points in their favor. For the season, Niagara has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 4-3.
Niagara will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Noah Thomasson who is averaging 18.32 points per game for the Purple Eagles. Thomasson 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 Purple Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Aaron Gray who has hit 42.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.63 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Niagara this season, as they are currently ranked 315th in college basketball at 67.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Purple Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.5%, placing them 214th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Manhattan Jaspers +6
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Niagara as the favorites with a line coming in at -6. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Manhattan Jaspers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Niagara at 6.97 made 3’s per game compared to Manhattan at 5.63. Look for Manhattan to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Purple Eagles.