Check out our free Rider vs Siena pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Albany. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Rider vs Siena Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Broncs vs Saints Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Rider Broncs at Siena Saints
  • Where: Albany at MVP Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: Rider +5.5, RIDER +197 | SIENA -246 O/U 139.0

Broncs Preview:

Rider will take the floor against the Saints with an overall record of 6-8. So far, the Broncs have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 3-5. For the season, Rider has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 1-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Broncs being +5.5 point underdogs.

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Before getting a wager down on this game, keep a close eye on the injury report before tip-off, as the Broncs’ top scorer Dwight Murray Jr. is listed as questionable. In his 13 games, he is averaging 16.38 points per game while providing the team with an outside shooting threat. If he is unable to play, the team will be losing their top outside shooter. Without Dwight Murray Jr. out of the lineup, Mervin James is going to need to take on a bigger role. Currently, he is 2nd on the team at 12.79 points per contest to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 1.71 assists.

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.

Saints Preview:

Siena will take the floor against the Broncs with an overall record of 10-5. Currently, the Saints have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 4-1. The Saints’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, Siena has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 4-1.

Siena’s leading scorer this season is Javian McCollum, who is averaging 16.0 points per contest. So far, McCollum has accounted for 20.86% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.07 rebounds per game and 3.79 assists. Jackson Stormo is the second leading scorer for the Saints, averaging 13.57 points per game. Between him and Stormo, they are accounting for 38.6% of the team’s scoring.

Coming into today’s game, Siena will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Saints are ranked 350th at 66.3 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 513th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Siena is close to the NCAA average at 35.6%.

Free Spread Prediction: Siena Saints -5.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Siena Saints to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5.5 point betting favorites. Although Siena as a team is just 316th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Broncs’ defense. In addition, the Saints have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -5.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Saints to come out on top and cover.

 


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