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Niagara vs. Syracuse Orange Prediction 12/21/2023

The Niagara Purple Eagles (3-7) travel to face off against the Syracuse Orange (8-3) on Thursday, December 21st. This game will be played at JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse and televised on ACC. Syracuse is coming off a win in their previous game, while Niagara is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Binghamton. Tip-off is set for 5:00 ET.

Niagara Purple Eagles vs Syracuse Orange

The Niagara Purple Eagles Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Heading into their 11th game of the season, Niagara currently holds a 3-7 overall record. When playing away from home, the Purple Eagles are 1-3, while they are 0-2 at home. Niagara’s ATS record heading into today’s game is 3-3. Looking closer at their performance, over their last five games, they have a 2-2 record vs. the spread.

Niagara’s games have, on average, featured 141.2 points per game leading to an over/under record of 4-1-1. Their average over/under line is currently 130.6 points so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Purple Eagles’ games have averaged 156 points per game, along with an over/under record of 2-1-1.

The Syracuse Orange Are Coming Off A Win

Syracuse’s overall record is 8-3 going into today’s game. The Orange have a road record of 2-2 this season, while they are 4-1 at home. Syracuse has a sub-.500 ATS record, sitting at 3-6. However, when examining their performance in the last five games, they have a 4-1 record vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 11 games, Syracuse has an over/under record of 4-5-0, with their games averaging 147.7 points per game on average. The Orange have an over/under record of 0-3 in their last three games, with their games averaging 148 points per game.

Niagara Offense Breakdown

The Purple Eagles’ offense wrapped up their last game with 69 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 73.5 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Ahmad Henderson II, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 15.2, while Yaw Obeng-Mensah also carries a PPG average of 10.6 into the game.

Ahmad Henderson II (G) 15.2 2.9 2.1
Yaw Obeng-Mensah (F) 10.6 4.7 1.7
Braxton Bayless (G) 9.6 1.3 2.1

Syracuse Offense Breakdown

In their most recent game, the Orange’s offense tallied 80 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 77.7 points per game. The top scorer for the Orange was Judah Mintz with 25 points, while J.J. Starling also chipped in with 21 points.

Judah Mintz (G) 19.9 3.0 3.6
J.J. Starling (G) 12.5 4.2 3.1
Chris Bell (F) 11.9 2.2 0.6

Niagara Team Defense

At this time, the Purple Eagles’ defense is positioned 234th in the country, permitting 75.8 points per game. In today’s game, the Niagara defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 2 three-pointers while giving up 74 points.

Syracuse Team Defense

Coming into today’s game, the Syracuse defense is giving up an average of 70.3 points per contest. The Syracuse defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 68 points and allowed Georgetown to connect on 5 threes.

Purple Eagles vs Orange Trends

  • When looking at their past ten road matchups, Niagara has an ATS record of 6-4 while averaging 64 per game. The team went 3-7 overall in these games.
  • Through their last five home contests, the Orange offense has averaged 77 points per game while allowing an average of 76. Syracuse posted an overall record of 2-3 while going 2-3 ATS.
  • As the betting underdog, the Purple Eagles have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. Niagara posted a straight up mark of 2-8 in these matchups.
  • As the betting favorite, the Orange have an ATS record of 4-1 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 5-0.

Purple Eagles vs Orange Prediction

In this Orange vs. Orange matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Orange at -17.5. While we project the Orange to win 76-67, our recommendation is to bet on the Purple Eagles for the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 148.5, and our model predicts the Purple Eagles and Orange to score a combined 143 points. We recommend betting on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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