Rider at Monmouth odds, picks and prediction

The Rider Broncs (10-14, 6-8 MAAC) and Monmouth Hawks (16-9, 8-6) clash in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference battle Friday at OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, N.J. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Rider vs. Monmouth odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Rider fell to Siena 76-75 in overtime Monday. The Broncs outshot the Saints by a hefty margin but were undone by a minus-5 turnover margin and by being outscored 17-6 at the foul line. The setback halted a four-game win streak. Rider now heads on the road where it has won three in a row.

The Hawks lost 70-62 at Iona Sunday and have dropped two of their last three outings. Monmouth is a below-average team offensively but is solid on defense. MU has held opposing fives to a 41.5% mark from the field over its last eight games and is 6-4 across 10 home games.

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Rider at Monmouth odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Rider +250 (bet $100 to win $250) | Monmouth -320 (bet $320 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Rider +6.5 (-107) | Monmouth -6.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 136.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)

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Rider at Monmouth odds, lines, picks and predictions


Monmouth 73, 65

Money line

MONMOUTH (-320) is a value price on what figures to be a win percentage upwards of 80%. It does take a certain bankroll to make it a worthwhile play, however.

Against the spread

The home team is 13-3-1 ATS across the last 17 series meetings.

In recent games that fit as comps or near-comps, Monmouth offensive misfires have been too costly and led to some non-covers. Add in the questionable status of third-leading scorer G Shavar Reynolds (undisclosed), and that may have bettors concerned about this line.

However, Rider’s recent successes seem more schedule- and shooting outlier-centered. MU figures as a two-possession favorite in the pure exchange of quality of shots at both ends.

Factor in some major foul-line edge and Hawks by 10-12 points is reasonable. That makes for some VALUE ON MONMOUTH -6.5 (-115).


RU’s offense has been trending the right way a bit, and MU has not played any slow-paced games the last couple of weeks. Peg a lean on the OVER 136.5 (-107).

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