Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Mountain Hawks and Leopards. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Leopards at Kirby Sports Center in Easton, PA. Get ready to place your bets! Lehigh is favored by -3.5 in this Patriot League conference contest against Lafayette. The game’s over/under currently sits at 137 points.

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS VS LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Lafayette Leopards +3.5

This game will be played at Kirby Sports Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Leopards.
  • Not only will Lafayette pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Are Lehigh Ready for a Road Win?

Lehigh enters this game as the favorite, as they have been in 12 of their 29 games this season. So far, they have gone 7-5 when favored. On the road, the Mountain Hawks have gone 6-10 this season, and their average scoring margin is -1.1 points per game.

Recently, Lehigh has been playing well on the road, going 4-1 in their last five games away from home. Their most recent game was a 63-60 loss to Colgate, and they are 3-0 in their last three games on the road.

Lehigh has been a solid team against the spread this season, going 17-8-1. On the road, they have been even better at 12-3-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Mountain Hawks are 5-5 vs. the spread. In their last 3 road games, they have a perfect ATS mark of 3-0. Overall, Lehigh has an ATS record of 8-1-1 in their last 10 road contests.

This season, the over/under record for Lehigh games is 12-14, and today’s line of 137 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (142.9). Their last three games have gone 0-3 OU with an average of 127 points, and their games this year have averaged 144.9 points.

In their most recent game, the Lehigh offense concluded with only 60 points against Colgate. Throughout the game, they made 4/20 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 40.7%. Tyler Whitney-Sidney led the team in scoring, putting up 24 points. Additionally, Dominic Parolin contributed 11 points for the Mountain Hawks.

In terms of defense, Lehigh is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.0 points per game. Against Colgate, the Mountain Hawks’ defense gave up 63 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Colgate only made 8 free-throws.

Taking a Look at the Leopards Chances at Home

With a record of 11-20, Lafayette has struggled this season, and they come into this game on a four-game losing streak. So far, they have gone 10-8 in Patriot League play compared to a 1-12 mark in non-conference games. At home, the Leopards have gone 4-10 this season, and they have lost three straight games at home.

As the underdog, Lafayette has gone 3-17 this season, and they are 7-3 when they are the favorite. Their average scoring margin at home is -5.6 points per game, and they are coming off a 60-50 loss to Bucknell.

As the underdog, Lafayette has gone 7-13 vs. the spread this season. At home, their ATS record is 5-9. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Leopards have an ATS mark of 4-6.

This season, the over/under record for Lafayette games is 13-17, and today’s line of 137 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (132.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 121 points, and this year, 19 of their games have finished with less than 137 points.

In their most recent game, the Lafayette offense put up just 50 points vs. the Bucknell Bison. Overall, they are now averaging 62.9 points per game which is 473rd in the country. Currently leading the team in scoring is Justin Vander Baan who comes into today’s matchup averaging 9.3. Devin Hines also heads into the game with a PPG average of 9.8.

In the current season, the Lafayette defense has excelled, sitting 52nd in the nation by allowing 67.0 points per game. So far, the Lafayette defense is giving up an average of 8.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.1 times per game (516th).