The Atlantic 10 Conference Tourney showdown between the La Salle Explorers (15-15, 6-12 A10) and the Davidson Wildcats (16-14, 10-8 A10) will take place at Barclays Center. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 137 points with Davidson set as a 9-point favorite. Action gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Network.
La Salle Explorers vs. Davidson Wildcats Free Preview
In the Explorers’ last contest, they edged the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, 78-77. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Christian Ray played well for La Salle. The Explorers, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.4, had a fantastic mark of 43.6 and had a turnover percentage of 11.0 (better than their season average of 18.6). The two teams combined to put up 155 points, which finished over the projected point total of 144.
The Wildcats will look to keep it rolling after covering the 5-point spread against the VCU Rams in their last outing, 75-65. Davidson received a boost from Kellan Grady, who was the game’s high scorer with 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Davidson played a flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.468 (above their season average of 0.233) and a turnover percentage of 14.7 (better than their season average of 14.9). VCU was 0.157 and 18.9, respectively, for those same stats. Combined, the two clubs scored 140 points, which finished over the O/U total of 136.5.
The prolific offense of Davidson (41st in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 109.5) will battle against the mid-tier defense of La Salle (170th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 99.9). The Wildcats should have the advantage on that end of the court.
Of La Salle’s 30 games, 17 have finished over the projected point total, while 16 of Davidson’s 30 games have finished under the projected point total. Both teams have decent straight up (SU) records (15-15 for La Salle; 16-14 for Davidson), but the Explorers have the advantage against the spread (ATS). La Salle is 19-11 ATS, while the Wildcats are 13-17.
La Salle Explorers vs. Davidson Wildcats Free Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – La Salle, ATS Winner – La Salle, O/U – Over
The Wildcats rank 59th in three pointers attempted per game (24.6) while the Explorers rank 114th in three pointers allowed per game (20.8).
Davidson blocks 2.7 opponent shots per game, which ranks 163rd in the country. La Salle ranks 171st in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
Davidson ranks 23rd in steals allowed per game (5.1) while La Salle ranks 226th (8.2).
The Wildcats average 14.1 assists per game, which ranks 75th in the nation. The Explorers rank 169th in assists allowed per game (13.1).
La Salle ranks 153rd in rebounds per game (35.3) while Davidson ranks 244th (33.2).
Davidson is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, La Salle is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.0, down from 5.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Explorers have scored an average of 67.2 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.6 points per game (0.7 above their season average).