Betting on today’s Minutemen and Explorers game? Catch the action at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, PA, as the Explorers hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. Massachusetts come into this Atlantic 10 conference matchup as the -6.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 152.5 points.

MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN VS LA SALLE EXPLORERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: La Salle Explorers +6.5

This game will be played at Tom Gola Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE LA SALLE EXPLORERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Explorers.
  • Not only will La Salle pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can Massachusetts Pull Off a Road Win?

The Minutemen are 16-8 overall and 7-5 in Atlantic 10 play. They have won two straight games, and they were victorious in their most recent game against Richmond, 69-59.

Massachusetts is 4-5 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin in road games is +2.0 points per game. Over their last 10 games away from home, they have gone 4-6.

As the favorite, UMass has gone 11-8 vs. the spread this year and 5-5 in their last 10 games as the favorite. On the road, the Minutemen are 6-3 ATS this season and 6-4 in their last 10 road games. UMass has an overall ATS mark of 15-9 this year.

So far this season, the over/under record for Massachusetts games sits at 13-10-1. The average over/under line in their games is 150 and their games have averaged 151.6 points. Today’s over/under line is set at 152.5. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 146 points. On the year, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

In their latest game, Massachusetts offense put up 69 points against Richmond. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 38.2% and made 6 threes. In terms of offense, the Minutemen have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 140th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 324th in percentage and 267th in three-pointers made.

On defense, Massachusetts is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.8 points per game. Massachusetts will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Richmond to just 33% shooting in their most recent game.

Can the La Salle Offense Score Enough at Home?

La Salle comes into this game as a 6.5-point underdog, and they have gone just 4-12 when tabbed as the underdog this season. They have lost five straight games and are just 2-10 in Atlantic 10 play.

At home, the Explorers are 8-6 this season, but they have lost six straight games at home. Their average scoring margin at home is +3.5 points per game.

La Salle has struggled against the spread this season, going just 10-15. At home, their ATS record is 5-9, and they have gone 0-3 ATS in their last three home games. As the underdog, the Explorers have gone 6-10 vs. the spread this year and are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as the underdog.

La Salle’s over/under record this season is 12-13 and the average scoring total in their games is 148.3 points. Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year (144.3). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 153 points.

In their most recent game, the La Salle offense concluded with only 56 points against Davidson. Throughout the game, they made 4/19 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 37.3%. Offensively, the Explorers have a season long field goal percentage of 42%, which is 321st in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 203rd in percentage and 68th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Explorers’ defense is ranked 239th in the country at 74.8 points per contest. The La Salle defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 71 points and allowed Davidson to connect on 4 threes.