Broncs vs. Saints Prediction
The Rider Broncs are a half-game ahead of the Siena Saints in a competitive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference race this season. Can host Siana notch an important win over Rider tonight and cover the spread in the process?
Friday, February 14, 2020
Times Union Center at 9PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Saints are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 147.5 points. As of Friday morning, 60 percent of public bets are being placed on host Siena. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Broncs ease past Purple Eagles
Rider earned a 73-58 home win Sunday over Niagara to improve to 14-9 overall and 8-5 in the MAAC. The Broncs led 40-29 at halftime en route to the victory. Frederick Scott led Rider with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting including 3-of-4 from 3-point distance. He also pulled down four rebounds. Tyere Marshall added 16 points, six boards and four assists.
Saints down Stags
Siena posted a 65-49 win Friday night at home over Fairfield to move to 11-10 overall and 7-5 in conference action. The Saints led 34-23 at halftime and continued to pad the advantage after the break. Elijah Burns paced Siena with 21 points on 5-of-5 shooting including 1-of-1 from 3-point distance plus 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. He also brought down six rebounds. Manny Camper contributed 14 points, eight boards, two assists and two steals. Jalen Pickett added 11 points, six dimes and three rebounds.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Broncs are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games. Rider is 1-4 ATS in its last five Friday games.
The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Rider defeated Siana on its home floor 85-77 back on January 5, so this is a revenge spot for the Saints. But while the Saints have played well lately in winning four of their last five games straight up, none of the opponents have been quite as good as the Broncs. Rider is tied atop the MAAC standings with St. Peter's and with the latter also playing tonight, it knows a win is important to keep pace. I'm siding with Rider here to at least stay within the five points.
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