The Gaels and Saints are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Saints will host the game at MVP Arena in Albany, NY. Iona come into this Metro Atlantic Athletic conference matchup as the -8 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 140 points.

IONA GAELS VS SIENA SAINTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Siena Saints +8

This game will be played at MVP Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, January 26th.

WHY BET THE SIENA SAINTS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Saints.
  • Not only will Siena pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can the Gaels Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Despite being 8-10 overall this season, Iona has been favored in 12 of their 18 games. They have gone 8-4 in those games, and they are favored again today, this time by eight points.

So far, Iona has gone 3-6 on the road, and they come into this game having lost two straight away from home. On the season, their average scoring margin on the road is -3.2 points per game.

As the favorite this season, Iona has gone 6-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gaels are 6-4 vs. the spread. On the road, Iona has an ATS record of 5-4 this year and over their last 10 road games, they are 5-5 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Iona is 9-9 and today’s line of 140 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (145). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 154 points.

Iona’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 87 points against Quinnipiac. They had an overall field goal percentage of 49.2% and made 11/13 free throws. Currently leading the team in scoring is Idan Tretout who comes into today’s matchup averaging 14.3. Greg Gordon also heads into the game with a PPG average of 12.9.

Coming into today’s game, the Iona defense is giving up an average of 71.4 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Siena, the Iona defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Iona made 20 free-throws vs. the Gaels.

Will Siena Make it Happen at Home?

At home, Siena has gone 2-6 this season, and they have lost their last four games at home. Over their last 10 home games, they have gone 2-8, and their average scoring margin at home is -14.8 points per game.

Siena’s overall record this season is 3-15, and they have gone 2-14 as the underdog. So far, they have been the underdog in 16 of their 18 games. They are coming off a 50-48 loss to Marist.

As the underdog this season, Siena has gone 7-9 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS record is 7-11. At home, they have struggled vs. the spread, going just 1-7. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Saints are 5-5 vs. the spread.

Siena’s over/under record this season is 8-9-1 and today’s line of 140 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games (138.8). So far, 11 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 143 points.

In their most recent game, the Siena offense concluded with only 48 points against Marist. Throughout the game, they made 6/18 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 41.5%. Sean Durugordon led the scoring for the Saints, contributing 16 points. Additionally, Giovanni Emejuru chipped in with 7 points.

Currently, the Saints’ defense holds the 257th rank in the nation, allowing 76.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. Marist, the Red Foxes finished with a field goal percentage of 36% and a total of 50 points vs. Siena.