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Rider vs Canisius Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Broncs vs Golden Griffins Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Rider Broncs at Canisius Golden Griffins
  • Where: Niagara Falls at Gallagher Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Rider -3, RIDER -160 | CANS +130 O/U 142.5

Broncs Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Canisius, the Rider Broncs will be taking the floor for the 12th time this season and have an overall record of 5-6. So far, the Broncs have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. This season, Rider has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3. For today’s contest, Rider have a betting line set -3 points in their favor.

Rider will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Dwight Murray Jr. who is averaging 18.27 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 45.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.36 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.

Golden Griffins Preview:

Canisius heads into this matchup having played 11 games and have an overall record sitting at 2-9. Currently, the Golden Griffins have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 2-2. So far, the Golden Griffins have been the underdog 9 times, going 1-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

Canisius’ leading scorer this season is Jordan Henderson who is averaging 13.55 points per contest. So far, Henderson has accounted for 18.58% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.45 rebounds per game and 2.55 assists. Tahj Staveskie is the second leading scorer for the Golden Griffins, averaging 13.0 points per game. Between him and Staveskie, they are accounting for 36.4% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Canisius this season, as they are currently ranked 284th in college basketball at 68.5 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 Golden Griffins’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.6%, placing them 440th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Canisius Golden Griffins +3

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Rider Broncs are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -3. However, we anticipate Canisius putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home 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 Golden Griffins to cover.

 


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