Siena Saints vs. Holy Cross Crusaders Free Prediction 12/22/18

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Don’t expect a fast-paced game when the Siena Saints (4-7) travel to Holy Cross to play the Crusaders (7-4). The game starts at 12:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Siena Saints vs. Holy Cross Crusaders ATS Odds

In their last contest, the Crusaders were victorious over the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 93-81, while the Saints were beaten by the Providence Friars, 77-67.

The Crusaders had a much better turnover percentage (11.3 vs. 27.1) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (40.0 vs. 31.6). Siena, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.176 vs. 0.113). Austin Butler played well for Holy Cross, recording 26 points. Siena was led by Evan Fisher, who contributed 11 points and six rebounds.

In their first matchup this season, Butler led the Crusaders to a 57-45 victory. He recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Crusaders’ 8.6 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Saints, who had a rate of 15.0.

Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams square off. Holy Cross currently ranks 332nd in possessions per game (65.9) and Siena is 348th (61.2). Furthermore, the Saints rank 35th in turnover percentage (16.3 percent), while the Crusaders rank 48th in opponents’ turnover percentage (22.6 percent).

Siena at Holy Cross Free Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Holy Cross, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Siena ranks 31st in three pointers attempted per game (27.7) while Holy Cross ranks 199th (20.5).
  • The Saints rank 29th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Crusaders rank 112th (3.8).
  • Siena allows the 16th-fewest steals per game (4.7) while Holy Cross ranks 60th (5.7).
  • The Crusaders rank 15th in assists per game (18.1) while the Saints rank 175th (12.4).
  • Siena ranks 42nd in rebounds allowed per game (31.9) while Holy Cross ranks 184th (37.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Crusaders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, up from 1.0 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Saints have scored an average of 62.2 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.6 points per game (7.1 below their season average).