Iona Gaels vs. Yale Bulldogs Free Prediction 12/22/18

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Expect a fast-paced game when the Iona Gaels (2-7) head to Yale to take on the Bulldogs (6-3). The game begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Iona Gaels at Yale Bulldogs Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious over their last opponent. The Bulldogs defeated the California Golden Bears 76-59, while the Gaels beat the Albany Great Danes 72-68.

Iona played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 16.0 and a free throw rate of 0.281. Albany was 25.3 and 0.259, respectively, for those same stats. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.567 vs. 0.373) and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (25.8 vs. 25.0). Yale’s Azar Swain had a good outing, finishing with 16 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Iona rallied around Rickey McGill, who finished with 12 points and nine assists.

The Gaels won the only game between these two teams last season, 83-67. Iona couldn’t miss, shooting 55.6 percent from the field. Yale, on the other hand, had a field goal percentage of 38.6.

There should be a fair amount of transition offense in this battle that showcases a pair of the NCAA’s more fast-breaking teams. Yale ranks 21st in possessions per game (71.3) and Iona is 37th (72.8) dating back to the 2017-18 season. Moreover, the Gaels have been among the nation’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 43rd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.236). The Bulldogs, meanhwile, rank 301st at keeping opponents off the charity stripe with an opponents’ FTA rate of 0.247.

Iona at Yale ATS Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Yale, ATS Winner – Yale, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Yale ranks 26th in assists per game (16.6) while Iona ranks 210th in assists allowed per game (15.2).
  • The Gaels average 24.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 84th in the country. The Bulldogs rank 175th in three pointers allowed per game (21.1).
  • The Bulldogs average 35.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 54th in the nation. The Gaels rank 205th in rebounds allowed per game (37.8).
  • Iona averages 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 36th in the nation. Yale ranks 177th in steals allowed per game (7.3).