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Manhattan vs Rider Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 22nd Betting Odds
Jaspers vs Broncs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Manhattan Jaspers at Rider Broncs
- Where: Lawrenceville at Alumni Gymnasium (Rider)
- Date: Sunday, January 22nd
- Betting Odds: Manhattan +8.5, MANH +321 | RIDER -420 O/U 138.5
The Manhattan Jaspers head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 6-11. So far, the Jaspers have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 3-5. For the season, Manhattan has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 5-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Jaspers being +8.5 point underdogs.
Manhattan’s leading scorer this season is Anthony Nelson, who is averaging 15.18 points per contest. So far, Nelson has accounted for 22.2% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.76 rebounds per game and 4.12 assists. Samir Stewart is the second leading scorer for the Jaspers, averaging 15.18 points per game. Between him and Stewart, they are accounting for 36.6% 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.
The Rider will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 2 game win streak and have an overall record of 8-9. So far this season, Rider has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-3. The Broncs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -8.5 points in their favor. For the season, Rider has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4.
Rider will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Dwight Murray Jr. who is averaging 17.12 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 game plan is the play of Mervin James who has hit 48.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.0 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 they 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: Manhattan Jaspers +8.5
Based on our analysis of this matchup, we believe that Rider’s fast-paced style of play will give them an advantage against a Manhattan team that prefers to slow the game down. Despite the large point spread (-8.5), expect Broncs’ to benefit from an increased number of possessions as they work towards an easy victory. We recommend betting on Rider to not only win but also cover the spread against Manhattan.