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Manhattan vs. Fairfield - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fairfield Stags (6-6) at Manhattan Jaspers (5-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Draddy Gymnasium)

The Line: Manhattan Jaspers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Fairfield Stags and Manhattan Jaspers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Draddy Gymnasium.

The Fairfield Stags look for a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Fairfield Stags are averaging 72.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 74.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Tyler Nelson is averaging 20.8 points and 3.1 assists while Ferron Flavors Jr. is averaging 11.4 points and 1.4 assists. Jesus Cruz is dishing 1.3 assists and Matija Milin is grabbing five rebounds. The Fairfield Stags are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Fairfield Stags are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Fairfield Stags have lost four of their last five road games.

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Manhattan vs. Fairfield - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Manhattan Jaspers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Manhattan Jaspers are averaging 66.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Rich Williams is averaging 12.3 points and 2.4 assists while Calvin Crawford is averaging 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Zane Waterman is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Aaron Walker Jr. is dishing 1.7 assists. The Manhattan Jaspers are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 64.8 percent from the free throw line. The Manhattan Jaspers are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game. The Manhattan Jaspers are 3-0 at home this season.

The Stags are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jaspers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Stags are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Manhattan, 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings.

The Manhattan Jaspers haven't had a lot of home games this season, but they have taken care of business when they have. The Fairfield Stags have struggled on the road this season and have yet to put together consistent offense. With the small line, I lean toward Manhattan, as it should be able to control the pace and improve to 4-0 at home. The Jaspers should be able to control this game. 

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