Betting on today’s Gaels and Purple Eagles game? Catch the action at Gallagher Center in Niagara Falls, NY, as the Purple Eagles hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. Iona come into this Metro Atlantic Athletic conference matchup as the -2.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 146.5 points.

IONA GAELS VS NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Niagara Purple Eagles +2.5

This game will be played at Gallagher Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.

WHY BET THE NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Purple Eagles.
  • Not only will Niagara pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Gaels Win in Niagara Falls?

As the Iona Gaels head into their 22nd game of the season, they will be looking to extend their win streak to four games. So far, they have gone 11-10 overall and 6-4 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. On the road this season, they have gone 4-6, compared to 7-4 at home.

Coming off a 94-93 win over Rider, the Gaels have gone 2-3 in their last five games on the road and 4-6 in their last 10. This season, they have been favored in 15 games, going 11-4 as the favorite.

Against the spread, Iona has gone 11-10 this season. On the road, their ATS record is 6-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gaels are 6-4 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Iona’s games this year (144.3). Currently, their over/under record is 11-10. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 160 points compared to their season average of 146.2 points per game.

Iona is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 94 points vs. Rider. This figure is more than their season average of 74.2 points per game. Greg Gordon is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.8 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Idan Tretout brings a PPG average of 14.3 into the game.

So far, the Gaels’ defense is ranked 165th in the country at 72.0 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Iona defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Rider knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 93 points.

No Pressure for Niagara as Home Dogs

Despite being the underdog, Niagara has a chance to extend its home win streak to three games. The Purple Eagles have gone 5-5 at home this season, and they are coming off a 69-64 win over Canisius.

On the season, Niagara has gone 12-10, including a 7-4 record in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The Purple Eagles have gone 5-6 in non-conference games.

As the underdog, Niagara has been a solid bet vs. the spread this season, going 8-2. At home, their ATS mark is just 4-6, but they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last 3 games as the underdog and 5-0 in their last 5 as the underdog overall.

Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Niagara’s games (138.5). So far, 17 of their games have had a lower over/under line than today’s total. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 140 points.

In their recent matchup, the Niagara offense ended with 69 points against Canisius. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 49.1% and made 4 threes. Ahmad Henderson II is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 13.4 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Luke Bumbalough brings a PPG average of 10.5 into the game.

On the defensive side, Niagara is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 73.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Niagara’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 46.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.1% this season.