Looking to win big? The Hawks and Dragons face off at 7:00 ET on CBSS. The Dragons are hosting the game at Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, PA. The over/under for this game is set at 136 points, and the Dragons are the home favorites against the Hawks in a Coastal Athletic Association conference matchup.
MONMOUTH HAWKS VS DREXEL DRAGONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Monmouth Hawks +8
This game will be played at Daskalakis Athletic Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.
WHY BET THE MONMOUTH HAWKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Dragons.
- Even though we have Drexel winning straight-up, we like Monmouth at +8.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 136 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Will the Hawks Defense Show Up in Philadelphia?
Monmouth is coming off a 94-83 loss to Charleston, and they have lost two straight games. The Hawks are 9-8 overall and 2-2 in the Coastal Athletic Association.
On the road, Monmouth is just 1-7 this season, and their average scoring margin is -8.9 points per game. They have lost six straight games away from home.
As the underdog this season, Monmouth has gone 7-3-1 against the spread. Their road ATS mark this year is 5-2-1, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have an ATS record of 7-3.
The over/under record for Monmouth games this season is 8-8-1 and today’s line of 136 is lower than the average over/under line of their games (143.8). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 148 points.
In their recent matchup, the Monmouth offense ended with 83 points against Charleston. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 42.3% and made 11 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Xander Rice, who holds an average of 20.7 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Jack Collins is averaging 11.2 points per game this season.
At this time, the Hawks’ defense is positioned 164th in the country, permitting 72.1 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Monmouth’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.5% this season.
Will the Dragons Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?
Looking to extend their win streak to six games, Drexel enters the contest with an overall record of 12-6. The team has been dominant at home this season, going 5-1 with an average scoring margin of +15.7 points per game.
So far this season, Drexel has been the favorite in 12 of their 18 games, going 9-3 in those contests. Their record in Coastal Athletic Association games is a perfect 5-0, and they have won each of their last five games.
As the favorite, Drexel has an 8-4 record vs. the spread this season. At home, the Dragons are 5-1 vs. the spread and have gone 8-1 in their last 10 home games vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for Drexel games is 6-10-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 135.5 points, which is similar to the average over/under line of 135.3 points. Today’s over/under line is set at 136 points. This year, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 139 points.
Drexel’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 89 points against Elon. They had an overall field goal percentage of 58.5% and made 16/18 free throws. In terms of offense, the Dragons have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, putting them 121st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 265th in percentage and 306th in three-pointers made.
Currently, the Dragons’ defense holds the 20th rank in the nation, allowing 63.4 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Drexel’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.7% this season.