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Siena vs Rider 1/8/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Rider Broncs (6-8) vs. Siena Saints (10-5)
January 8, 2023 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Siena Saints -5 / Rider Broncs +5; Over/Under: +139
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The Rider Broncs and the Siena Saints meet in college basketball action from the MVP Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Rider Broncs will try to rebound from a 72-63 loss to Quinnipiac last time out. Dwight Murray Jr. leads Rider in scoring with 16.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 3.1 APG while Allen Powell has 10.1 PPG and Mervin James also has 12.8 PPG with a team-high 6.5 RPG for the Broncs to round out the scoring in double figures for Rider as the Broncs’ top rebounder. As a team, Rider is averaging 70.1 PPG on 43.4% shooting from the field, 32% from three and 75.7% from the foul line this season.

The Siena Saints will be looking to build on their five-game win streak after a 70-60 win over Saint Peter’s last time out. Javian McCollum leads the Saints in scoring and assists with 16 PPG and 3.8 APG while Jackson Stormo has 13.6 PPG and 5.4 RPG this season. Andrew Platek also has 10.4 PPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Siena while Jared Billups has a team-high 6.3 RPG to lead the Saints in rebounding so far this season. As a team, Siena is averaging 71.6 PPG on 46.4% shooting from the field, 37.6% from three and 75.9% from the foul line this season.

Rider is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Siena is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400.

I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m backing Siena here. Siena keeps finding ways to deliver and while the road team’s had a lot of the recent straight up success between these two, I think the Saints are just clearly heads and shoulders the better team, enough to buck that trend and get the win and cover at home here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Siena -5

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