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Marist vs Rider Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 22nd Betting Odds
Red Foxes vs Broncs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Marist Red Foxes at Rider Broncs
- Where: Lawrenceville at Alumni Gymnasium (Rider)
- Date: Thursday, December 22nd
- Betting Odds: Marist +7.5, MARIST +275 | RIDER -358 O/U 129.0
Red Foxes Preview:
Through 10 games, the Marist Red Foxes have an overall record of 4-6. On the road, the Red Foxes will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Red Foxes have been the underdog 5 times, going 1-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Patrick Gardner comes into today’s game as the Red Foxes’ leading scorer at 17.0 points per contest. Not only has Gardner been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Marist’s top rebounder at 7.6 boards per contest. Behind Gardner, the team has benefited from the strong play of Noah Harris who is second on the team in scoring at 9.5 points per game. Overall, he has hit 29.4% of his shots and is adding 1.9 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Marist this season, as they are currently ranked 277th in college basketball at 68.8 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 Red Foxes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 219th in the NCAA.
Through 9 games, the Rider Broncs have an overall record of 4-5. So far this season, Rider has played 4 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Broncs as the -7.5 point favorites. The Broncs have been favored 5 times, going 2-3 straight up.
Rider will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Dwight Murray Jr. who is averaging 19.56 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 41.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.11 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: Marist Red Foxes +7.5
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 -7.5. However, we anticipate Marist 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 Red Foxes to cover.