Monmouth vs Manhattan - Picks Of The Day, Feb 10th

Manhattan Jaspers

Friday, February 10, 2017 8:39 PM GMT

While any team can beat any team on any given night, especially in the MAAC Conference, the Monmouth Hawks are the class of the MAAC, riding a 10 game winning streak and they have a quite easy matchup tonight against the Manhattan Jaspers. Manhattan has had a dismal season and have been just as bad at covering the spread. Let's take a look.

Monmouth vs Manhattan 

 

Revenge For Manhattan?

It doesn't appear likely as Monmouth won an earlier game against Manhattan on their home floor, 82-71. Since then, Monmouth has won another 5 straight games and have been coasting. The only negative in siding with the betting favorite in any MAAC Conference clash is the separation between 1st and last place isn't the same as it would be in conferences such as the PAC 12 or ACC. In the MAAC, being in 1st place doesn't have the same meaning as it would have in a larger conference. That said, Monmouth has gotten hot at the right time and this game set's up quite nicely for them.

Justin Robinson

Shooting efficiency isn't a strength of the Hawks as their top 3 scorers all average 40% shooting from the field or less. Regardless, leading scorer, Justin Robinson, has had an outstanding collegiate career as he averaged 19.3 points per game in his junior year and is right at 19.3 points per game this season.

Robinson has really turned it up a notch as of late as he's averaging 27 points on 9 of 19 shooting from beyond the arc in his last 2 games and has also scored 20 points or more in each of his last 5 games.

Robinson has never met a shot that he didn't like, but his aggrsssive style of play should work out quite nicely in this game as he's a player that makes frequent trips to the foul line and is an 84.9% shooter from the free throw line. He's a fantastic two-way player and will be the go to guy tonight as Monmouth looks to extend their winning streak to 11 straight games.

For Manhattan, this season has been an enormous failure, but they are coming off of a 68-67 victory over Marist. Let's not get ahead of ourselves as Marist is just 6-18 for the season.

This game comes down to the battle of the small men as Manhattan leading scorer, Zavier Turner is similar in size as compared to Justin Robinson as both men stand around 5 foot 8 or 5 foot 9. The only difference is that Robinson has been on fire as of late and Turner has been cold as ice, shooting 5 for 25 from the field in his last 3 games. He must play better for Manhattan to have a chance of being competitive in this game.

NCAAB Free Pick: Monmouth -9.5

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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