The Jaspers and Gaels are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPNU. The Gaels will host the game at Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, NY. The over/under for this game is set at 146.5 points, and Iona is favored by -12.5 vs. Manhattan in a Metro Atlantic Athletic conference matchup.

MANHATTAN JASPERS VS IONA GAELS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Manhattan Jaspers +12.5

This game will be played at Hynes Athletics Center at 7:00 ET on Friday, February 16th.

WHY BET THE MANHATTAN JASPERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Gaels.
  • Even though we have Iona winning straight-up, we like Manhattan at +12.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Jaspers Have What it Takes in New Rochelle?

Manhattan heads into this game as a +12.5 underdog, and they are 4-14 this season when labeled as the underdog. They are also 5-17 overall and have lost four straight games. In their last game, the Jaspers lost to Siena, 68-63.

On the road, Manhattan has gone just 3-10 this season, and they are coming off a 1-4 stretch over their last five games. For the year, they have a -12.5 average scoring margin on the road.

As the underdog this season, Manhattan has gone 10-8 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 7-6 and they are 3-0 ATS in their last three road games. So far, the Jaspers are 0-3 vs. the spread when they are the favorite.

Manhattan’s over/under record for the season sits at 11-10 and the average scoring total in their games is 144 points. Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year (140.9). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 144 points.

In their previous game, the Jaspers’ offense finished with 63 points, which is right in line with their current average of 67.2 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Shaquil Bender, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 13.7, while Seydou Traore also carries a PPG average of 11.8 into the game.

At present, the Jaspers’ defense is nationally ranked 281st, allowing 76.9 points per game. In their previous game vs. Siena, the Saints finished with a field goal percentage of 32% and a total of 68 points vs. Manhattan.

Can Iona Deliver Being Favored at Home?

Despite losing their last game to Canisius by a score of 73-69, Iona has been playing well at home, winning their last four games at home. On the season, they are 7-4 at home, and their average scoring margin at home is +5.3 points per game.

So far this season, Iona has been favored in 17 of their 23 games, and their record as the favorite is 12-5. They have a record of 12-11 overall, and they are 7-5 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games.

When looking at Iona’s ATS record this season, they are currently 12-11. At home, their ATS record is 5-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gaels have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Iona games sits at 11-12. Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this season (144.5). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 158 points compared to their season average of 146 points per game.

In their recent game, the Gaels’ offense concluded with 69 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 74 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Greg Gordon who comes into today’s matchup averaging 15.8. Idan Tretout also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.3.

Coming into today’s game, the Iona defense is giving up an average of 72.0 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Canisius, the Golden Griffins finished with a field goal percentage of 46% and a total of 73 points vs. Iona.