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The Siena Saints (7-8) will travel to Niagara Falls, NY to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles (5-11). Siena is coming off back-to-back losses on the road to Manhattan and Canisius and will look to get back to .500 with a win on the road. Siena fell to Canisius early, trailing 39-29 at halftime and couldn’t recover from the poor start. Jalen Pickett added 21 points and four assists in the loss.
Niagara has won back-to-back one-possession games against Iona and Rider and is starting to find their rhythm. Justin Roberts led Niagara with 16 points and seven assists while his teammates Marcus Hammond scored 15 points and seven assists along with the game-winner.
Siena tries to land its Fourth win in Conference PlayThe Saints dropped their last two conference games and are now 3-3 in the MAAC. Siena will now play for their fourth win for the third time this season. Siena averages 72.2 points per game and allows 73.4 points against on the year. The Saints are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and bring down 37.9 rebounds per game this season.
Siena is led by Jalen Pickett who averages 15.9 points and 4.2 assists per game this season. Manny Camper mans the middle averaging a team-high 11.3 rebounds per game, with three coming on the offensive end per game. Siena has four reliable scorers in double figures but shoots 68 percent from the free throw line and 33.4 percent from three. Manny Camper averages a double-double with 12.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
Niagara looks to keep the win streak aliveNiagara started the non-conference season 2-9 but now find themselves at 3-2 in conference play near the top of the standings. The Purple Eagles have won back-to-back thrillers versus Iona and Rider, quality teams in the MAAC. Niagara averages 66.8 points per game and allows 75.7 points against. The Purple Eagles shoot 42.5 percent from the floor and only average 27.4 rebounds per game.
Niagara is led by Marcus Hammond who averages 13.2 points and 3.3 assists per game. Greg Kuakumensah averages a team-high 4.4 rebounds per game. Niagara has three reliable scoring options with Hammond which includes James Towns, who averages 12.4 points per game, and Raheem Soloman, who averages 11.5 points per game. All four players in double figures average 4.4 rebounds or less per game and Niagara averages 13 assists per game. The Purple Eagles shoot 76.8 from the foul line and knock down 35.6 percent of three-point opportunities.
- Saints are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games. Saints are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Purple Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Despite Niagara’s slow start in non-conference play, Niagara has won three of their last five games with their two losses coming in a five-point loss and a road loss to Quinnipiac by 11. Niagara has gained some confidence coming into this game. They already defeated a Rider team that has had its moments this season. Siena has struggled on the road losing two straight games by double digits and will now play a third game on the road against a team that has much more confidence after their last two victories. Siena will harass Niagara on the glass, but as long as Niagara shoots 40 percent from the field, the Purple Eagles should escape with their third victory of the season.
Prediction: Niagara +3
Full-Game Total Pick
I’m banking on Niagara to shoot well from the floor in this one. Siena has allowed Manhattan and Canisius to score over 73 points in their last two road games while Niagara has scored 70 points in their last two games. Niagara’s defense has got better but Siena averages 72.2 points per game. Both defenses allow points in the middle 70’s. Also, if this game is close, Niagara will likely hit the line and they shoot over 75 percent from the charity stripe. Free points without the clock moving helps the over hit.
Prediction: Over 143.5