The Niagara Purple Eagles, 11.5-point underdogs, will get their season started on the road when they meet the Drexel Dragons (0-1) at John A Daskalakis Center. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 8, 2019.
Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Drexel Dragons ATS Odds
In the Dragons’ last game, they were defeated by the Temple Owls, 70-62. With seven points and 15 rebounds, James Butler had a solid outing for Drexel. Temple had a much better turnover percentage (13.5 vs. 18.7). Drexel, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.0 vs. 21.1).
Last season, Niagara did not make the tournament following a 13-16 regular season.
Last season, the Purple Eagles had records of 13-16 straight up (SU) and 16-13 against the spread (ATS). Niagara’s games went over the O/U total 72.4 percent of the time.
The productive offense of Drexel will go head-to-head against the mid-tier defense of Niagara. Since the 2018-19 season, the Dragons rank 96th in offensive efficiency, while the Purple Eagles were 308th in defensive efficiency. The Dragons figure to have the edge on that end of the court.
Niagara vs. Drexel Pick
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Drexel, ATS Winner – Drexel, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
- Drexel ranks 78th in assists per game (14.6) while Niagara ranks 289th (10.7).
- The Dragons rank 269th in steals per game (4.6) while the Purple Eagles rank 283rd (4.0).
- The Purple Eagles rank 86th in blocks per game (4.0) while the Dragons rank 251st (2.1).
- Drexel averages 35.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 157th in the country. Niagara ranks 218th in rebounds allowed per game (36.1).