Last Updated: 2017-12-07
The La Salle Explorers (4-2) will be 9-point favorites at home in Tom Gola Arena when they clash against the Drexel Dragons (4-3). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 139.5 points and it begins at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Drexel Dragons vs. La Salle Explorers Betting Odds
Both teams defeated their last opponent. The Explorers defeated the Temple Owls 87-83, while the Dragons beat the Rider Broncs 89-77.
Drexel dominated every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.439 (above their season average of 0.332) and a turnover percentage of 12.5 (better than their season average of 16.8). Rider recorded marks of 0.213 and 16.8, respectively, for those same stats. La Salle, meanwhile, dominated nearly every facet of their game. They had a fantastically low turnover percentage of 5.2 (better than their season average of 14.9) and a free throw rate of 0.209 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Temple recorded marks of 16.7 and 0.115, respectively. La Salle rallied around Pookie Powell, who put up 29 points. Tramaine Isabell, meanwhile had a solid performance for Drexel, contributing 35 points and 13 rebounds.
The aggressive La Salle offense looks poised to dominate from the charity stripe. Since the 2016-17 season, the Explorers rank 59th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.283, while Drexel has been among the NCAA’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 257th-ranked FTA rate of 0.266).
Vegas is known to set the total low when the Dragons are involved, as three of their 5 games have finished over the total. Drexel holds records of 4-3 straight up (SU) and 2-2-1 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to Drexel, Explorers games have typically gone under the total (55.6 percent). La Salle has a solid 4-2 SU record, but they are just 4-4-1 ATS.
The Explorers won the only contest between these two teams last year, 89-78. La Salle had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.653 vs. 0.509). Drexel, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (19-25; 76.0 percent).
Drexel Dragons at La Salle Explorers Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – La Salle, ATS Winner – La Salle, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
Drexel ranks 116th in rebounds per game (36.9) while La Salle ranks 272nd (32.9).
The Dragons average 23.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 85th in the NCAA. The Explorers rank 192nd in three pointers allowed per game (22.1).
La Salle ranks 144th in steals per game (6.3) while Drexel ranks 157th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
The Dragons rank 130th in assists per game (14.2) while the Explorers rank 242nd in assists allowed per game (14.6).
Drexel ranks 141st in blocks per game (3.4) while La Salle ranks 249th (2.2).