Niagara at Quinnipiac - 12/31/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Niagara at Quinnipiac - 12/31/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Quinnipiac Bobcats (6-4) vs Niagara Purple Eagles (5-6)

Game Info: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 2:00 pm (People's United Center)

Betting Odds: Quinnipiac Bobcats -1.5 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Niagara Purple Eagles will travel to play the Quinnipiac Bobcats in a MAAC game on Friday.

The Niagara Purple Eagles are 5-6 (0-2) this season and have won their last two games. Niagara is coming off a win against Albany by a score of 66-58 in their last game. Niagara held Albany to only five made three pointers and forced 17 turnovers for the win. Marcus Hammond led the Purple Eagles with 20 points and 3 rebounds in the win. Niagara is averaging 68.6 points per game and is giving up 63.9 points per game against, while also averaging 32.9 rebounds per game and 12.4 assists per game. Marcus Hammond is averaging 17.5 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game, while Jordan Cintron is averaging 9.5 points per game and 5 rebounds per game for the Purple Eagles. Niagara is shooting 45.5% on field goals, 77.1% on free throws, and 35.7% on three pointers.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats are 6-4 (1-1) this season and have won their last three games. Quinnipiac defeated Maine by a score of 73-47 in their last game. Quinnipiac played great defense in this game, allowing their opponent to shoot just 33.3% from the field. Kevin Marfo led the Bobcats with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Quinnipiac is averaging 74.8 points per game and is giving up 68.2 points per game against, while also averaging 34.6 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Matt Balanc is averaging 16.2 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game, while Kevin Marfo is averaging 9.7 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac is shooting 44.4% on field goals, 73.8% on free throws, and 34.4% on three pointers.

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Niagara is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games The under is 5-1 in Niagara’s last 6 road games. Quinnipiac is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The under is 8-0 in Quinnipiac’s last 8 home games.

These two teams like to play two different styles and the team that is able to impose their style on the other will win. Niagara likes to play at a slower pace, while Quinnipiac likes to get up and down the court much quicker. Neither team rebounds the ball very well, but I like the Niagara defense to be the difference here. I like Niagara.

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David’s Pick Niagara +1.5

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