Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Eagles versus the Mountain Hawks? Tip off is at at 5:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA. The over/under for this Patriot League conference contest is set at 144 points, with the Mountain Hawks being the favored team playing at home against the Eagles.
AMERICAN EAGLES VS LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Lehigh Mountain Hawks -1.5
This game will be played at Stabler Arena at 5:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Mountain Hawks.
- Not only will Lehigh pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 144 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.
Will American Shock Everyone at Stabler Arena?
After winning their last two games, the American Eagles are now 10-8 on the season. They have been much better at home, going 5-1 compared to just 4-7 on the road.
Today, American is an underdog, as they are getting 1.5 points. So far this season, the Eagles have been the underdog in seven games, and they have yet to win one.
As the underdog this season, American has an ATS record of 2-5 and they have gone 0-3 ATS in their last three games as the underdog. On the road, the Eagles are 6-5 ATS this year and they have gone 3-2 ATS in their last five road games. For the season, American has an ATS mark of 10-7.
This season, the over/under record for American’s games is 10-7 and today’s line of 144 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (138.5). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 132 points.
In their latest game, American offense put up 66 points against Loyola Maryland. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 58.5% and made 4 threes. The top scorer for the Eagles was Elijah Stephens with 17 points, while Geoff Sprouse also added 14 to the scoreboard.
At present, the Eagles’ defense is nationally ranked 159th, allowing 71.7 points per game. American will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Loyola Maryland to just 40% shooting in their most recent game.
Will the Mountain Hawks Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?
Lehigh enters this game as a 1.5-point favorite, and they have gone 1-4 this season when favored. They are 0-4 at home this season, and their average scoring margin at home is -4.0 points per game. So far, their record in the Patriot League is 1-4, and they have lost their last three games.
Overall, the Mountain Hawks are just 4-12 this season, and they have gone 3-8 in non-conference play. Their average scoring margin on the road is -6.7 points per game, and they have gone 2-8 away from home. In their last game, they lost to Navy by a score of 71-69.
When looking at Lehigh’s ATS record this season, they are currently 8-6. However, their ATS mark at home is just 1-3. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Mountain Hawks have gone just 3-7 vs. the spread.
Lehigh’s over/under record for the season is 6-8 and their average scoring total this year is 146.3 points. So far, seven of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 144. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 146 points.
In their previous game, the Mountain Hawks’ offense finished with 69 points, which is right in line with their current average of 73.9 points per contest. Dominic Parolin was the leading scorer for the Mountain Hawks, putting up 20 points. In addition, Tyler Whitney-Sidney contributed 14 points.
Coming into today’s game, the Lehigh defense is giving up an average of 74.1 points per contest. The Lehigh defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 71 points and allowed Navy to connect on 3 threes.