The Purple Eagles and Bulls are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bulls will host the game at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Bulls as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 146 points.

NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES VS BUFFALO BULLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Buffalo Bulls -4.5

This game will be played at Alumni Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.

WHY BET THE BUFFALO BULLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Not only will Buffalo pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Purple Eagles Lock in a Win at Buffalo?

Niagara is preparing to play their 12th game of the season and currently hold a 3-8 record. As the visiting team, the Purple Eagles have a 1-4 record and are 0-2 at home thus far. As of now, Niagara holds a 4-3 record against the spread heading into today’s game. In their previous five games, they are 3-1 vs. the spread.

Niagara’s games have, on average, featured 143 points per game leading to an over/under record of 5-1-1. Their average over/under line is currently 132.9 points so far. In their most recent three games, the Purple Eagles’ over/under record is 2-0-1, with their games averaging 155 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Niagara offense tallied 71 points in a matchup against Syracuse. Their field goal percentage for the game was 41%, and they made 7 threes. Leading Niagara in scoring vs. Syracuse was Luke Bumbalough with his 26 points. Yaw Obeng-Mensah also added 14 points for the Purple Eagles.

Currently, the Purple Eagles’ defense holds the 230th rank in the nation, allowing 75.8 points per game. The Niagara defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 83 points and allowed Syracuse to connect on 8 threes.

Will the Bulls Defense Show Up at Home?

Buffalo comes into the game with a 1-10 record after playing 11 games. When playing away from home, the Bulls are 0-4, and at home, they are 0-5. Up to this point in the season, Buffalo has a 4-5 record against the spread. Specifically, at home, they are 0-5 vs. the spread this season and have gone 1-8 ATS in their last ten home games.

Buffalo comes in with an over/under record of 4-5-0 through 11 games, with their games averaging a combined 146.2 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Bulls’ games have averaged 141 points per game, along with an over/under record of 1-4.

The Bulls’ offense finished with 66 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 67.6 points per contest. In terms of offense, the Bulls have a season-long field goal percentage of 40%, putting them 326th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 381st in percentage and 267th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Bulls’ defense is nationally ranked 274th, allowing 83.0 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Buffalo’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 34.7% this season.