NCAA Basketball Picks: Mounmouth To Keep Winning Streak Alive Over Iona

Nikki Adams

Friday, February 19, 2016 4:48 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 4:48 PM UTC

Iona take on Monmouth ion Friday’s round of college basketball betting. Join us as we rundown through the various NCAAB odds and serve up choice NCAAB picks for your betting thrills.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Monmouth -5.5 (-105)
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Iona (15-10, 12-4)
Second-place Iona in MAAC standings takes on conference leaders Monmouth tonight, all while trading as the road underdogs. Can Iona mastermind the upset on the NCAA basketball odds board?

Recent form is auspicious with six wins in their last eight games, three straight on the road against St. Peters, Canisius and Niagara. Most recently, they are coming off a 78-59 win over Quinnicpiac at home, covering as a huge 15-point home chalk on the NCAAB odds board.

Buoyed by such good form, Iona Gaels might fancy their chances even if the odds makers are pricing them as the 5-to-5.5-point road underdogs on the odds board and the + 18-0 to +198 underdogs in money line markets (the range depends on your choice sports betting shop online).

Overall, the Gaels are 15-10 SU on the season and 10-14 ATS with a 4.6-point margin of victory and a negative 0.3-point differential versus the spread. In conference play, they are 12-4 SU and 8-8 ATS with a whopping 10-point winning margin and a plus 1.5-point differential versus the spread.

On the road, they are 5-6 SU and 6-5 ATS with a 1.5-point winning margin and a plus 0.8-point differential versus the spread, but as road underdogs they are 0-4 SU and only 1-3 ATS with a 14.9-point losing margin and a negative 6.2-point differential versus the spread.

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Monmouth (22-5, 14-2)
Monmouth NJ Hawks are riding high with a 22-5 SU record on the season and a solid 14-2 SU record in conference play. The kind of season they’re enjoying augurs well for a date with the Iona Gaels as they look to advance their bid atop the standings all while enjoying home advantage.

Predictably, books have installed the hosts as the significant 5-to-5.5-point home chalk and the -215 to -220 home favorites in money line markets. It’s worth mentioning that odds makers opened with the NJ Hawks as high as -260 home favorites before the odds dropped to their current point.

Nevertheless, underscoring the favorable market outlook is an eight-game winning streak at the expense of conference foes – if that’s not an endorsement, what is? Well, that and a stellar 8-0 SU mark at home, which includes a 15.5-point winning margin and a plus 2.9-point differential versus the spread. They are only 4-3 ATS at home though.

Overall, the NJ Hawks are 22-5 SU and 16-9 ATS on the season with an 8.2-point winning margin and a plus 4.1-point differential versus the spread, and 14-2 SU and 10-6 ATS in conference play with a 10.6-point winning margin and a plus 1.9-point differential versus the spread.


NCAAB Betting Verdict
For my NCAA Basketball Picks, the Monmouth NJ Hawks strike a convincing pose on the sports betting floor, and the stellar eight-game winning streak, which includes a 5-3 ATS record, makes a solid case for an NCAAB pick for the hosts to come through. Monmouth is riding momentum and confidence right now -- what’s more, they already beat Iona by eight points on the road earlier this season. It wouldn’t surprise us if they did so again with an equally comfortable, if not better win, at home.   

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