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Niagara vs Manhattan Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Purple Eagles vs Jaspers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Niagara Purple Eagles at Manhattan Jaspers
  • Where: Riverdale at Draddy Gymnasium
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: Niagara -2.5, NIAGRA -149 | MANH +121 O/U 130.0

Purple Eagles Preview:

Niagara will take their 4 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 9-5. So far, the Purple Eagles have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 3-5. This season, Niagara has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 4-1. For today’s contest, Niagara has a betting line set -2.5 points in their favor.

Niagara will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Noah Thomasson who is averaging 17.86 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 42.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.14 points per game.

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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.

Jaspers Preview:

Through 14 games, the Manhattan Jaspers have an overall record of 4-10. So far this season, Manhattan has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-5. For the season, Manhattan has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 3-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Jaspers being +2.5 point underdogs.

Manhattan’s leading scorer this season is Anthony Nelson, who is averaging 14.57 points per contest. So far, Nelson has accounted for 21.25% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.5 rebounds per game and 3.79 assists. Samir Stewart is the second leading scorer for the Jaspers, averaging 14.9 points per game. Between him and Stewart, 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Niagara Purple Eagles -2.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Niagara Purple Eagles to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2.5 point betting favorites. Although Niagara as a team is just 235th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Jaspers’ defense. At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Purple Eagles to come out on top and cover.

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