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St. Bonaventure vs. Siena - 12/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Siena Saints (3-5) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (3-5)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: St. Bonaventure Bonnies -6.5 -- Over/Under: 134
TV Channel
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NCAA BB | Siena Saints (3-5) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (3-5)
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The Siena Saints will travel to the Reilly Center to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Siena Saints snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 3-5 on the season after defeating the Harvard Crimson, 67-64, this past Saturday. Siena was able to take advantage of a Harvard team missing a couple of their best players and held off a late Crimson charge after taking a 62-52 lead with just 2:58 left in regulation. Siena shot 44.6% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Saints was Jalen Pickett who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Siena is averaging 67.9 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Saints are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Jalen Pickett (16.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2.4 spg), Evan Fisher (14.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), Sloan Seymour (10.0 ppg), and Kevin Degnan (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 49.8% shooting from the field. The Saints have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-5 on the season after defeating the Delaware State Hornets, 90-61, this past Saturday afternoon. St. Bonaventure dominated Delaware State on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 40-21 halftime lead. St. Bonaventure shot 56.7% from the field and 48.0% from beyond the arc while holding the Hornets to just 33.9% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Bonnies was Jalen Poyser who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, St. Bonaventure is averaging 68.8 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Bonnies are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. Bonaventure has been led by Jalen Poyser (16.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Courtney Stockard (15.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), Kyle Lofton (14.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.4 spg), and Dominick Welch (7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, St. Bonaventure is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Bonnies have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. A-10 opponents however, just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Bonnies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. MAAC opponents.

St. Bonaventure no longer have Jalen Adams or Matt Mobley to rely on when it comes to their offense and also suffered a tough injury to LaDarien Griffin who is out until mid-December. Although scoring has been tough to come by for the Bonnies, their defense has helped keep them somewhat competitive as they come into this matchup ranked T-66th in scoring defense, T-49th in blocks per game, and 79th in defensive FG%. Siena picked up a nice win over Harvard however this is also a team that has experience a bunch of roster turnover and can also really struggle to score as they rank just 302nd in scoring offense. Siena might be without their 2nd leading scorer in Eric Fisher who is currently questionable due to an injury and as I just don’t see the Siena offense being able to put up many points on the road agianst the Bonnies defense, I think St. Bonaventure does enough on the offensive end in this one to cover this mid-range spread.

Pick:
St. Bonaventure Bonnies -6.5

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